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English noun: wail

1. wail (communication) a cry of sorrow and grief


SamplesTheir pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward.


Synonymslament, lamentation, plaint


Broader (hypernym)complaint


English verb: wail

1. wail (communication) emit long loud cries


SamplesWail in self-pity.
Howl with sorrow.


ExamplesYou can hear animals wail in the meadows, The meadows wail with animals


Synonymshowl, roar, ululate, yaup, yawl


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell


Narrower (hyponym)squall, waul, wawl

2. wail (body) cry weakly or softly


SamplesShe wailed with pain.


Synonymsmewl, pule, whimper


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)cry, weep









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