Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1200-1300
Origin: From a Scandinavian language

wail

verb
     
Related topics: Colours and Sounds
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

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary