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6 definitions found
 for wail
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wail \Wail\, v. i.
     To express sorrow audibly; to make mournful outcry; to weep.
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           Therefore I will wail and howl. --Micah i. 8.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wail \Wail\, n.
     Loud weeping; violent lamentation; wailing. "The wail of the
     forest." --Longfellow.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wail \Wail\, v. t. [Cf. Icel. val choice, velja to choose, akin
     to Goth. waljan, G. w[aum]hlen.]
     To choose; to select. [Obs.] "Wailed wine and meats."
     --Henryson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wail \Wail\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wailed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Wailing.] [OE. wailen, weilen, probably fr. Icel. v[ae]la;
     cf. Icel. v[ae], vei, woe, and E. wayment, also OE. wai, wei,
     woe. Cf. Woe.]
     To lament; to bewail; to grieve over; as, to wail one's
     death. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  wail
      n 1: a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be
           heard throughout the ward" [syn: lament, lamentation,
           plaint, wail]
      v 1: emit long loud cries; "wail in self-pity"; "howl with
           sorrow" [syn: howl, ululate, wail, roar, yawl,
           yaup]
      2: cry weakly or softly; "she wailed with pain" [syn: wail,
         whimper, mewl, pule]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  110 Moby Thesaurus words for "wail":
     bark, bawl, bay, bell, bellow, blare, blat, blate, bleat, blubber,
     boohoo, boom, bray, breathe, buzz, cackle, call, caterwaul, chant,
     chirp, coo, creak, crow, cry, cry out, dolorous tirade, drawl,
     exclaim, flute, fuss, gasp, give tongue, give voice, groan, growl,
     grunt, hiss, howl, jeremiad, keen, kick, lament, lilt, low,
     make an outcry, meow, mew, mewl, miaow, moan, moo, mumble, murmur,
     mutter, neigh, nicker, outcry, pant, pipe, plaint, planctus, pule,
     quest, repine, roar, rumble, screak, scream, screech, shriek,
     shrill, sibilate, sigh, sing, skirl, skreigh, snap, snarl, snort,
     sob, sough, squall, squawk, squeak, squeal, thunder, tirade, troat,
     trumpet, twang, ululate, ululation, wail of woe, warble, weep,
     whicker, whimper, whine, whinny, whisper, whistle, wrawl, yammer,
     yap, yawl, yawp, yell, yelp, yip, yowl
  
  

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