plaintive

[pleyn-tiv]
adjective
expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful: a plaintive melody.

Origin:
1350–1400; plaint + -ive; replacing Middle English plaintif < Middle French

plaintively, adverb
plaintiveness, noun

plaintiff, plaintive.


wistful, sorrowful, sad.


happy, joyful.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To plaintive
Collins
World English Dictionary
plaintive (ˈpleɪntɪv)
 
adj
expressing melancholy; mournful
 
[C14: from Old French plaintif grieving, from plainteplaint]
 
'plaintively
 
adv
 
'plaintiveness
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

plaintive
late 14c., "lamenting," from O.Fr. plaintif "complaining," from pleint (see plaint). Sense of "mournful, sad" first recorded 1570s. Related: Plaintively.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
I've actually mistaken my Siamese's plaintive yowls for my own baby before.
That's too bad, because despite her plaintive plea, she ought to be judged.
Her voice, by turns plaintive and coaxing, is distorted to resemble a man's.
Also, a good mispronounciation came to me: plane-ta-tive instead of plaintive.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;