[ UK /wˈe‍ɪl/ ]
[ US /ˈweɪɫ/ ]
  1. emit long loud cries
    howl with sorrow
    wail in self-pity
  2. cry weakly or softly
    she wailed with pain
  1. a cry of sorrow and grief
    their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward
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How To Use wail In A Sentence

  • ‘Ah Dublin, you're giving it away,’ he wailed in the 55th minute, as the Dublin defence fluffed its lines yet again, giving Laois another unearned scoring opportunity.
  • So it's a little more than passing strange that Mr. Brooks clucks about Mr. Obama's "über-partisan budget" when, given the last few weeks of shrieking and wailing from the Republicans about socialism and communism, he's been the voice of moderation in the room. Moderately Shocked
  • When we moved from pilot to series, the notion of recasting Mitchell, Annie and Herrick was met with wails of despair. SFX
  • Any dog not in harness was howling and yelping to be put in one, and even when harnessed they continued with their wretched wailing until they were off and running.
  • Then back to the city and its vivid smells, the wail of tzigane orchestras, the little dancer of the Orpheum - what was her name?
  • Historians must, as usual, do what they can with the materials which lie to hand rather than bewail the absence of that which is missing.
  • Yea, we see in that wailing infant of a week, the outspringing of an immortal spirit which may soon hover on cherub-pinion around the throne of God, or perhaps, in a few years, sink to the regions of untold anguish. The Christian Home
  • He really made that guitar wail, though.
  • Everyone wailed and gnashed their teeth, even though Thriller was 25 years ago. Mourning in America | Heretical Ideas Magazine
  • It was pandemonium, people wailing and screaming.
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