Definition of plaintive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    plaintive

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈpleɪntɪv//
     
     
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  1. 1sounding sad, especially in a weak, complaining way synonym mournful
  2. 2 a plaintive cry/voice
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adverb “What about me?” she asked plaintively.
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