Definition of wail noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//weɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//weɪl//
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a long loud high cry expressing pain or sadness; a sound similar to this synonym moan a wail of despair the distant wail of sirens The child let out a high-pitched wail. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old Norse; related to woe.Extra examples We could just hear the distant wail of a siren. With a wail he threw himself on the bed and buried his face in the pillow. He let out a wail of anguish.
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