(noun, verb)


1. a cry of sorrow and grief

Similar word(s): lament, lamentation, plaint

Definition categories: communication, complaint

Sentences with wail as a noun:

- She let out a loud, doleful wail.

- The wail of snow-dark winter winds.

- A bird's wail in the night.


1. emit long loud cries

- wail in self-pity

Similar word(s): howl, roar, ululate, yaup, yawl

Definition categories: communication, call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, squall, yell

2. cry weakly or softly

- she wailed with pain

Similar word(s): mewl, pule, whimper

Definition categories: body, cry, weep

Sentences with wail as a verb:

- The wind wailed and the rain streamed down.