[ weyl ]
/ weɪl /
verb (used without object)
to utter a prolonged, inarticulate, mournful cry, usually high-pitched or clear-sounding, as in grief or suffering: to wail with pain.
to make mournful sounds, as music or the wind.
to lament or mourn bitterly.
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Slang. to express emotion musically or verbally in an exciting, satisfying way.
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.
the act of wailing.
a wailing cry, as of grief, pain, or despair.
any similar mournful sound: the wail of an old tune.
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Origin of wail
1300–50; Middle English weile (v. and noun), perhaps derivative of Old English weilā(wei) well-away; compare Old English wǣlan to torment, Old Norse wǣla to wail
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/ (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
Word Origin for wail
C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse vǣla to wail, Old English wā woe
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