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[weyl-fuh l]
  1. mournful; plaintive.
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Origin of wailful

First recorded in 1535–45; wail + -ful
Related formswail·ful·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for wailful

Historical Examples

  • From behind his wailful voice the gentle knocking was heard running on.

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • Mr. Durance had prophesied a wailful end ever to the carol of Optimists!

  • A wailful host were the wives of his raftsmen widowed there by her watery music!

  • He suggested that the poems, if the few lines he had seen made a fair sample, were rather of the wailful order.

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate

    George MacDonald

  • The battle was ending without even the poor pomp and circumstance of torn banners and wailful music.

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate

    George MacDonald