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Dictionary Definition

wail n : a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward" [syn: lament, lamentation, plaint]


1 emit long loud cries; "wail in self-pity"; "howl with sorrow" [syn: howl, ululate, roar, yawl]
2 cry weakly or softly; "she wailed with pain" [syn: whimper, mewl, pule]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /weɪl/, /weIl/
Rhymes with: -eɪl



  1. A loud cry or shriek.
    She let out a loud, doleful wail.


  1. To cry out, as in sorrow.
  2. To weep loudly.
  3. To make a noise like crying.
    The wind wailed and the rain streamed down.


  • Portuguese: gemido
  • German: [1,2] klagen
  • Danish: klage; jamre;
  • Italian: strillo
  • Finnish: valittaa; voivottaa;
  • Japanese:
  • Latin:
  • Russian:
  • Dutch: huilen

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Extensive Definition

Wail is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais département in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.


A small village located 21 miles (33km) southeast of Montreuil-sur-Mer, at the D98 and D340 road junction, 4miles (6k) east of Hesdin.


Places of interest

See also

Communes of the Pas-de-Calais department


wail in Cebuano: Wail
wail in French: Wail
wail in Italian: Wail
wail in Dutch: Wail
wail in Polish: Wail
wail in Volapük: Wail

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