Definitions for: Wail


[n] a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"
[v] cry weakly or softly; "she wailed with pain"
[v] emit long loud cries; "wail in self-pity"; "howl with sorrow"



Webster (1913) Definition: Wail, v. t. [Cf. Icel. val choice, velja to choose, akin
to Goth. waljan, G. w["a]hlen.]
To choose; to select. [Obs.] ``Wailed wine and meats.''
--Henryson.


Wail, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wailed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Wailing.] [OE. wailen, weilen, probably fr. Icel. v[ae]la;
cf. Icel. v[ae], vei, woe, and E. wayment, also OE. wai, wei,
woe. Cf. Woe.]
To lament; to bewail; to grieve over; as, to wail one's
death. --Shak.


Wail, v. i.
To express sorrow audibly; to make mournful outcry; to weep.

Therefore I will wail and howl. --Micah i. 8.


Wail, n.
Loud weeping; violent lamentation; wailing. ``The wail of the
forest.'' --Longfellow.

Synonyms: howl, lament, lamentation, mewl, plaint, pule, roar, ululate, whimper, yawl

See Also: call, complaint, cry, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, waul, wawl, weep, yell

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