Plaintively
Plaintive Plain"tive, a. [F. plaintif. See {Plaintiff}, n.] 1. Repining; complaining; lamenting. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad. ``The most plaintive ditty.'' --Landor. [1913 Webster] -- {Plain"tive*ly}, adv. -- {Plain"tive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • plaintively — plaintive ► ADJECTIVE ▪ sounding sad and mournful. DERIVATIVES plaintively adverb plaintiveness noun. ORIGIN Old French, from plaindre complain …   English terms dictionary

  • plaintively — adverb in a plaintive manner (Freq. 1) the last note of the song rang out plaintively • Derived from adjective: ↑plaintive …   Useful english dictionary

  • plaintively — adverb see plaintive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • plaintively — See plaintive. * * * …   Universalium

  • plaintively — adverb In a plaintive manner …   Wiktionary

  • plaintively — Synonyms and related words: brokenheartedly, complainingly, dolefully, dolorously, fretfully, grieffully, grievously, groaningly, lamentingly, moanfully, mournfully, peevishly, petulantly, querulously, ruefully, sorrowfully, tearfully, wailfully …   Moby Thesaurus

  • plaintively — pleɪntɪvlɪ adv. sadly, mournfully, wistfully …   English contemporary dictionary

  • plaintively — plain·tive·ly …   English syllables

  • plaintively — See: plaintive …   English dictionary

  • plaintive — plaintively, adv. plaintiveness, n. /playn tiv/, adj. expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful: a plaintive melody. [1350 1400; PLAINT + IVE; r. ME plaintif < MF] Syn. wistful, sorrowful, sad. Ant. happy, joyful. * * * …   Universalium

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