- 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.