wail

[weyl]
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a prolonged, inarticulate, mournful cry, usually high-pitched or clear-sounding, as in grief or suffering: to wail with pain.
2.
to make mournful sounds, as music or the wind.
3.
to lament or mourn bitterly.
4.
Jazz. to perform exceptionally well.
5.
Slang. to express emotion musically or verbally in an exciting, satisfying way.
verb (used with object)
6.
to express deep sorrow for; mourn; lament; bewail: to wail the dead; to wail one's fate.
7.
to express in wailing; cry or say in lamentation: to wail one's grief.
noun
8.
the act of wailing.
9.
a wailing cry, as of grief, pain, or despair.
10.
any similar mournful sound: the wail of an old tune.

Origin:
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

wailer, noun
wailingly, adverb
unwailed, adjective
unwailing, adjective

wail, whale.
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wail (weɪl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to utter a prolonged high-pitched cry, as of grief or misery
2.  (intr) to make a sound resembling such a cry: the wind wailed in the trees
3.  (tr) to lament, esp with mournful sounds
 
n
4.  a prolonged high-pitched mournful cry or sound
 
[C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse vǣla to wail, Old English woe]
 
'wailer
 
n
 
'wailful
 
adj
 
'wailfully
 
adv

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wail
early 14c., from O.N. væla "to lament," from væ "woe" (see woe). Of jazz musicians, "to play very well," attested from 1955, Amer.Eng. slang (wailing "excellent" is attested from 1954). The noun is recorded from c.1400.
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Example sentences
She sounds an urgent wail that echoes loudly off the empty stoops.
The banshee wail of an ambulance, the song of its siren, is the stuff of awful
  visions.
Otherwise the wail of the loons is at risk in the northern wilderness.
Go on, lift up the neck of the guitar and press on the whammy bar to really
  wail on an extended note.
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