Origin of bewailMiddle English biwailen: see be- and wail
transitive verbbe·wailed, be·wail·ing, be·wails
- To cry over; lament: bewail the dead.
- To express sorrow or unhappiness over: “Hour after hour he sat bewailing his plight” ( Amitav Ghosh )
Origin of bewailMiddle English biwailen bi- be- wailen ; see wail .
(third-person singular simple present bewails, present participle bewailing, simple past and past participle bewailed)
From Middle English bewailen, equivalent to be- (“over, about”) + wail.