wailful

adjective
wail·​ful | \ ˈwāl-fəl How to pronounce wailful (audio) \

Definition of wailful

1 : uttering a sound suggestive of wailing
2 : expressing grief or pain : sorrowful, mournful a wailful cry

Other Words from wailful

wailfully \ ˈwāl-​fə-​lē How to pronounce wailful (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of wailful

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wailful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wailful. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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