wail·​ful ˈwāl-fəl How to pronounce wailful (audio)
: uttering a sound suggestive of wailing
: expressing grief or pain : sorrowful, mournful
a wailful cry
wailfully adverb

Word History

First Known Use

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wailful was in 1544

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“Wailful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wailful. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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