[ weyl ]
/ weɪl /
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to express deep sorrow for; mourn; lament; bewail: to wail the dead; to wail one's fate.
to express in wailing; cry or say in lamentation: to wail one's grief.




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Origin of wail

1300–50; Middle English weile (verb and noun), perhaps derivative of Old English weilāwei wellaway; compare Old English wǣlan “to torment,” Old Norse wǣla “to wail”
wailer, nounwail·ing·ly, adverbun·wailed, adjectiveun·wail·ing, adjective
wail , whale
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  • He threatened the wailer with his fist, and the black cowered down, glaring at him with sullen eyes.

    Adventure|Jack London
  • Marie took the poor wailer from her with a divine motion and carried it to the hearth.

    The Lady of Fort St. John|Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Then follows the story: Luisa, the Wailer, in life was a woman of the people, very beautiful.

  • After weeping over her dead body he sets out in search of a Wailer.

    Russian Fairy Tales|W. R. S. Ralston

British Dictionary definitions for wail

/ (weɪl) /


(intr) to utter a prolonged high-pitched cry, as of grief or misery
(intr) to make a sound resembling such a crythe wind wailed in the trees
(tr) to lament, esp with mournful sounds


a prolonged high-pitched mournful cry or sound
wailer, nounwailful, adjectivewailfully, adverb
C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse vǣla to wail, Old English woe
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