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plaintive

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adjective plain·tive \ˈplān-tiv\

Simple Definition of plaintive

  • : expressing suffering or sadness : having a sad sound

Full Definition of plaintive

  1. :  expressive of suffering or woe :  melancholy <a plaintive sigh>

plain·tive·ly adverb
plain·tive·ness noun

Examples of plaintive

  1. We could hear the plaintive cry of a wounded animal in the woods.

  2. <the puppy's plaintive expression after we put the toy away was rather amusing>



Origin of plaintive

Middle English plaintif grieving, from Anglo-French pleintif, plaintif, from plaint


First Known Use: 1579



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