• A prolonged cry, usually high-pitched, especially as of grief or anguish.

    "She let out a loud, doleful wail."

  • A sound made by emergency vehicle sirens, contrasted with "yelp" which is higher-pitched and faster.
  • Any similar sound as of lamentation; a howl.

    "A bird's wail in the night."

  • "The wail of snow-dark winter winds."


  • (intransitive) To make a noise like mourning or crying.

    "The wind wailed and the rain streamed down."

  • (obsolete) To choose; to select.
  • (intransitive) To weep, lament persistently or bitterly.
  • (slang, music) To perform with great liveliness and force.
  • (intransitive) To cry out, as in sorrow or anguish.
  • (transitive) To lament; to bewail; to grieve over.

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