wailful

wailful

[weyl-fuhl]
adjective
mournful; plaintive.

Origin:
1535–45; wail + -ful

wailfully, adverb
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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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