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wail

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of wail

  1. 1 a crying out in grief <a prolonged wail arose from every corner of the city as the victims of the earthquake were unearthed from the rubble> Synonyms groan, howl, keen, lamentation, moan, plaint, lamentRelated Words cry, sob, tears; agonizing, grieving, mourning, sorrowing, suffering, weeping; hand-wringing, regret; complaint, cri de coeur, outcry, protest; anguish, dolor, grief, heartache, heartbreak, sorrow, woeNear Antonyms cheering, laughing, smilingAntonyms exultation, rejoicing

  2. 2 a long low sound indicating pain or grief <rescuers heard a faint wail coming from the pile of rubble, a sure sign that one of the victims was still alive> Synonyms groan, moanRelated Words blubbering, crying, sniveling, sobbing, weeping, whimpering, whining, yammering; keen, lament, lamentation, plaint; bawl, cry, howl, shriek, squall, whimper, whine, yelp, yowlNear Antonyms cackle, chortle, chuckle, giggle, guffaw, laugh, snicker, snigger, titter, twitter

  3. 3 an expression of dissatisfaction, pain, or resentment <a transit fare increase that is sure to bring wails from the straphangers> Synonyms beef, bitch, bleat, carp, fuss, grievance, gripe, grouch, grouse, grumble, holler, kvetch, lament, miserere, moan, murmur, plaint, squawk, complaint, whimper, whine, whinge [British], yammerRelated Words challenge, demur, expostulation, kick, niggle [chiefly British], objection, protest, quibble, remonstrance, stinkNear Antonyms commendation, compliment, plaudit; acclaim, applause, praise; approval, endorsement (also indorsement), sanction


wail

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of wail

  1. 1 to express dissatisfaction, pain, or resentment usually tiresomely <the state's residents are always wailing about their high taxes> Synonyms beef, bellyache, bitch, bleat, carp, caterwaul, crab, croak, fuss, gripe, grizzle, grouch, grouse, growl, grumble, grump, holler, inveigh, keen, kick, kvetch, maunder [chiefly British], moan, murmur, mutter, nag, repine, scream, squawk, squeal, complain, whimper, whine, whinge [British], yammer, yawp (or yaup), yowlRelated Words object (to), protest, quarrel (with); cavil, quibble; fret, stew, worry; blubber, cry, sob; bemoan, bewail, deplore, lamentNear Antonyms accept, bear, countenance, endure, take, tolerate; applaud, cheer, commendAntonyms crow, delight, rejoice

  2. 2 to make a long loud mournful sound <the women stood beside the coffins, wailing for their fallen sons and daughters> Synonyms bay, keen, ululate, howl, yowlRelated Words bawl, caterwaul, scream, screech, shriek, shrill, squall, squeal, yawp (or yaup), yell, yelp

  3. 3 to utter a moan <the patient lay in her bed, occasionally softly wailing in pain> Synonyms groan, moanRelated Words blubber, cry, sob, weep; sniff, snivel, whimper, whine; bemoan, bewail, deplore, keen, lament, rue; agonize, anguish, bleed, grieve, hurt, mourn, sorrow, suffer; bawl, howl, shriek, squall, yammer, yelp, yowlNear Antonyms cackle, chortle, chuckle, crack up, giggle, guffaw, laugh, snicker, titter, twitter


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