- 1[intransitive] to make a long, loud, high cry because you are sad or in pain The little girl was wailing miserably. women wailing and weeping
- 2 [transitive, intransitive] to cry or complain about something in a loud high voice synonym moan + speech “It's broken,” she wailed. wail (about something) There's no point in wailing about something that happened so long ago.
- 3[intransitive] (of things) to make a long high sound Ambulances raced by with sirens wailing.
- noun [singular, uncountable] a high-pitched wailing
NAmE//weɪl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wail
he / she / it wails
past simple wailed
-ing form wailing
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