wail

  • 21 wail — wailer, n. wailingly, adv. /wayl/, v.i. 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… …

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  • 22 wail — [[t]we͟ɪl[/t]] wails, wailing, wailed 1) VERB If someone wails, they make long, loud, high pitched cries which express sorrow or pain. The women began to wail in mourning... [V for n] A mother wailing for her lost child. Derived words: wailing N… …

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  • 23 wail — UK [weɪl] / US verb Word forms wail : present tense I/you/we/they wail he/she/it wails present participle wailing past tense wailed past participle wailed 1) [intransitive/transitive] to shout or cry with a long high sound to show that you are in …

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  • 24 wail — /weɪl / (say wayl) verb (i) 1. to utter a prolonged, inarticulate, mournful cry, usually high pitched or clear sounding, as in grief or suffering: the child wailed when he fell over. 2. to sound mournfully, as music, the wind, etc. 3. to lament… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 25 wail — I. verb Etymology: Middle English weilen, waylen, perhaps modification (influenced by Middle English weilawei wellaway) of Old Norse væla, vāla to wail; akin to Old Norse vei woe more at woe Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to express… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 26 wail — verb 1 (T) to say something in a loud, sad, and complaining way: “But what shall I do?” Bernard wailed. 2 (I) to cry out with a long, high sound, especially because you are very sad or in pain: weeping and wailing: weeping and wailing with grief… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 27 wail — 1. noun a wail of anguish Syn: howl, bawl, yowl, cry, moan, groan; shriek, scream, holler, yelp 2. verb the children began to wail Syn: howl, weep, cry, sob, moan …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 28 wail — [[t]weɪl[/t]] v. i. 1) to utter a prolonged, mournful cry, as in grief or suffering 2) to make mournful sounds, as music or the wind 3) to lament or mourn bitterly 4) sts Slang. to express emotion musically or verbally in an exciting, satisfying… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 29 wail — n. & v. n. 1 a prolonged plaintive inarticulate loud high pitched cry of pain, grief, etc. 2 a sound like or suggestive of this. v. 1 intr. utter a wail. 2 intr. lament or complain persistently or bitterly. 3 intr. (of the wind etc.) make a sound …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 30 wail — 1. noun /weɪl/ A loud cry or shriek. She let out a loud, doleful wail. 2. verb /weɪl/ a) To cry out, as in sorrow. The wind wailed and the rain streamed down …

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  • 31 wail — Synonyms and related words: bark, bawl, bay, bell, bellow, blare, blat, blate, bleat, blubber, boohoo, boom, bray, breathe, buzz, cackle, call, caterwaul, chant, chirp, coo, creak, crow, cry, cry out, dolorous tirade, drawl, exclaim, flute, fuss …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 32 wail — v Go fast. You should see his rod wail, man; you couldn t keep up with him. 1960s …

    Historical dictionary of American slang

  • 33 wail — noun a prolonged high pitched cry of pain, grief, or anger. ↘a sound resembling this. verb 1》 give or utter a wail. 2》 literary manifest or feel deep sorrow for; lament. Derivatives wailer noun wailful adjective (literary). wailing noun &… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 34 wail — [weɪl] verb 1) [I/T] to shout or cry with a long high sound because you are in pain or are very sad 2) [I] to make a long high sound wailing sirens[/ex] wail noun [C] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 35 wail — in. to be great. (See also wailing.) □ Things really started to wail about midnight when the band really got going. □ This pizza really wails …

    Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 36 wail on — verb a) To strike an opponent heavily and repeatedly in a fight. The wrench wouldn’t budge, even though Tony was just wailing on it with a big old sledge hammer. b) To beat heavily on anything …

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  • 37 WAIL — Wisconsin Advanced Internet Laboratory (Academic & Science » Universities) …

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  • 38 wail — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. lament, cry, moan, bewail; howl, ululate, caterwaul; complain. See lamentation. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. moan, weep, lament; see cry 1 , mourn 1 . See Synonym Study at cry . III (Roget s 3… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 39 wail — To attack physically or verbally. You should have seen how those two guys were wailing on each other …

    Dictionary of american slang

  • 40 wail — To attack physically or verbally. You should have seen how those two guys were wailing on each other …

    Dictionary of american slang