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  Dictionary Definition of wail

wail
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 or mourn bitterly.
-- verb (t)
4. to wail over; bewail; lament: to wail the dead.
5. to cry or say in lamentation.
-- noun
6. the act of wailing.
7. a wailing cry, as of grief, pain, etc.
8. any similar mournful sound: the wail of an old tune.
[ME weile, from Scandinavian; cf. Icel. vŠla wail, from , var. of vei woe]
-- wailer, noun -- wailingly, adverb