Origin of plaintiveMiddle English pleintif from Old French plaintif: see plaintiff
A puppy looking out of a window.
An example of something that would be described as plaintive would be the sad whimper of a puppy whose owners have just left him all alone.
Origin of plaintiveMiddle English plaintif from Old French aggrieved, lamenting from plaint complaint ; see plaint .
(comparative more plaintive, superlative most plaintive)
From Old French plaintif (“aggrieved, lamenting"), from plainte (“lament, complaint"); see plaint.
- Suddenly, a plaintive yowling jars you from your peaceful oblivion.
- From the tents came now loud angry cries and now plaintive groans.
- The puppy let out a plaintive whimper when the girl stepped on its foot.
- The plaintive moan of reproach was drowned by the threatening and angry roar of the crowd.
- Her plaintive words showed the sorrow and remore that Rachel felt.