Wail - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |weɪl|  American pronunciation of the word wail
Brit.  |weɪl|  British pronunciation of the word wail


- a cry of sorrow and grief (syn: lament, lamentation, plaint)


- emit long loud cries(syn: howl, roar, ululate, yaup, yawl)
- cry weakly or softly(syn: mewl, pule, whimper)


The child started wailing after she stumbled and fell.

A saxophone wailed in the background.

“No! I don't want to go!” he wailed.

She wailed that the vacation was ruined.

...a prolonged wail arose from every corner of the city as the victims of the earthquake were unearthed from the rubble...

The boy was wailing over his dead dog.

'But what shall I do?' Bernard wailed.

Somewhere behind them a child began to wail.

The wind wailed in the chimney.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: wail
he/she/it: wails
present participle: wailing
past tense: wailed
past participle: wailed
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