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[weyl-fuh l] /ˈweɪl fəl/
mournful; plaintive.
Origin of wailful
1535-45; wail + -ful
Related forms
wailfully, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then over their tops passed a wailful gust of wind, through which we thought came the fall of receding footsteps.

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

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

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • 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
  • Mr. Durance had prophesied a wailful end ever to the carol of Optimists!

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

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate George MacDonald
  • You must lay lime to tangle her desires By wailful sonnets whose composèd rimep.

  • Clouds were gathering overhead, and a wailful wind made one moaning sweep through the trees behind us in the hollow.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • I am not going to beat the big drum of sentiment and make a wailful noise.

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