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Meaning of WAIL

Pronunciation:  weyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"
  2. [v]  cry weakly or softly; "she wailed with pain"
  3. [v]  emit long loud cries; "wail in self-pity"; "howl with sorrow"

WAIL is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: howl, lament, lamentation, mewl, plaint, pule, roar, ululate, whimper, yawl
 See Also: call, complaint, cry, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, waul, wawl, weep, yell



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wail\, v. t. [Cf. Icel. val choice, velja to choose, akin
    to Goth. waljan, G. w["a]hlen.]
    To choose; to select. [Obs.] ``Wailed wine and meats.''
  2. \Wail\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wailed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Wailing}.] [OE. wailen, weilen, probably fr. Icel. v[ae]la;
    cf. Icel. v[ae], vei, woe, and E. wayment, also OE. wai, wei,
    woe. Cf. {Woe}.]
    To lament; to bewail; to grieve over; as, to wail one's
    death. --Shak.
  3. \Wail\, v. i.
    To express sorrow audibly; to make mournful outcry; to weep.
          Therefore I will wail and howl. --Micah i. 8.
  4. \Wail\, n.
    Loud weeping; violent lamentation; wailing. ``The wail of the
    forest.'' --Longfellow.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Hearing a wail in your dream, foretells fearful news and sorrow.