Wail definitions

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Wail is slang for to play very well on an instrument.

An example of to wail is to play an amazing piano solo in a jazz performance.

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The definition of a wail is a long cry.

An example of a wail is a cry by a very upset baby.

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To make a long, loud, high-pitched cry, as in grief, sorrow, or fear.
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To make a prolonged, high-pitched sound suggestive of a cry.

The wind wailed through the trees.

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To lament over; bewail.
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A long, loud, high-pitched cry, as of grief or pain.
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A long, loud, high-pitched sound.

The wail of a siren.

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A loud, bitter protest.

A wail of misery went up when new parking restrictions were announced.

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To express grief or pain by long, loud cries.
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To make a plaintive, sad, crying sound.

The wind wailing in the trees.

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To play in an intense or inspired manner.
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To lament; mourn.

To wail someone's death.

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To cry out in mourning or lamentation.
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A long, pitiful cry of grief and pain.
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A sound like this.
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The act of wailing.
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A prolonged cry, usually high-pitched, especially as of grief or anguish.

She let out a loud, doleful wail.

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Any similar sound as of lamentation; a howl.

The wail of snow-dark winter winds.

A bird's wail in the night.

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A sound made by emergency vehicle sirens, contrasted with "yelp" which is higher-pitched and faster.
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(intransitive) To cry out, as in sorrow or anguish.
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(intransitive) To weep, lament persistently or bitterly.
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(intransitive) To make a noise like mourning or crying.

The wind wailed and the rain streamed down.

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To lament; to bewail; to grieve over.

To wail one's death.

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(slang, music) To perform with great liveliness and force.
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(obsolete) To choose; to select.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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To wail is defined as to cry to express intense sadness.

An example of to wail is to sob loudly at a funeral.

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Origin of wail

Middle English wailen probably of Scandinavian origin Old Norse vāla, vǣla