Definition of plaintively adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

plaintively

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//ˈpleɪntɪvli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪntɪvli//
 
 
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in a way that sounds sad, especially in a weak complaining way synonym mournfully ‘What about me?’ she asked plaintively.