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Topic: COLOURS AND SOUNDS

Date: 1200-1300
Origin: From a Scandinavian language

wail

verb
     
wail
1 [transitive] to say something in a loud, sad, and complaining way:
'But what shall I do?' Bernard wailed.
2 [intransitive] 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.
3 [intransitive]C to make a long high sound:
The wind wailed in the chimney.
wail noun [countable]
the wail of police sirens
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