|Origin:||From a Scandinavian language|
to say something in a loud, sad, and complaining way:
'But what shall I do?' Bernard wailed.
to cry out with a long high sound, especially because you are very sad or in pain:
Somewhere behind them a child began to wail.
to make a long high sound:
The wind wailed in the chimney.
—wail noun [countable]
the wail of police sirens