Adjective "wailing" definition and examples

(Wailing may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/weɪl/

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Definitions and examples

noun

A prolonged high-pitched cry of pain, grief, or anger.
  1. 'This is a column about New Labour's complete failure to publicise its many progressive achievements, while screeching out its reactionary policies in a ceaseless wail.'
  2. 'Mrs Greenwood recalls hearing the wails and screams of patients in the night and her first death in the wards.'
  3. 'Last year's plaintive wails about the attacks on A Beautiful Mind are child's play in comparison.'
  4. 'His substitution prompted a wail of anguish from the midfielder and tears to sting his eyes.'
  5. 'She let out a mighty wail from the pain, and writhed around on the ground.'
  6. 'The captain threw back his head in a wail of anguish, jostling her body in his pain and frustration.'
  7. 'The noise downstairs escalated quickly from whispers and murmuring voices to sobs and wails.'
  8. 'The choruses consist of some Mark Solomon-like wails, followed by screaming of such ferocity that it is almost disturbing.'
  9. 'You no longer fearfully leap to the scene of every scream - only those with the distinctive wail of pain.'
  10. 'Screaming guitars and tortured wails were the tools used to pound the passion into each song and the listeners into dejected submission.'
  11. 'the wail of an air-raid siren'
  12. 'They arrived in the capital to the mournful wail of air raid sirens.'
  13. 'Suddenly all the indicators began flashing an angry red and several alarm signals went off at once creating a loud cacophony of buzzes, sirens and wails.'
  14. 'She pressed her remote control gadget and the car burst into siren wails with lights flashing.'
  15. 'Within seconds six Israelis lay dead and within minutes the air was filled with the familiar wail of ambulance sirens and the sound of crying.'
  16. 'The buzzer near his head sounded off blaring wails of irritating noise.'
  17. 'The sirens were in full alert, screeching wails filling their ears.'
  18. 'Trees absorb the siren wails, clanging of trash cans, and other sounds of urban life.'
  19. 'But, in general, the wail of jazz trumpets and the melancholy echoes of domestic chaos remind you that Elysian Fields resounds with desperation.'
  20. 'Suddenly amid wails of screaming engines, plumes of smoke and burning rubber, riders and bikes raced down the straight and through the first corner.'
  21. 'Fans with vastly different tastes still get off on its piercing wail, distorted rumbles, or clean and warm sound.'

verb

Utter a wail.
  1. with direct speech '‘But why?’ she wailed'
  2. 'Former work and pensions minister Margaret Hodge wailed it would put 6p on tax.'
  3. 'I was standing in the cold, bare hallway of a hospital, listening to my child wail and scream from behind a closed door.'
  4. 'Was it you who was up in the night wailing like a banshee?'
  5. 'She wailed something in a language I couldn't recognise and struck a pose.'
  6. '‘One, two, three,’ screamed Charlotte, as she wailed away into the microphone.'
  7. 'They whine and wail about how we have all retreated into our suburbs and Internet connections and no longer rally around grand national projects that inspire us with a vision of all that government can do.'
  8. 'The BBC must have been wailing in despair when they realised the wasted potential of their "Neighbours".'
  9. 'Screaming, shrieking, wailing, she worked herself into a frenzy.'
  10. 'In fact, wailing babies are taken for granted on a bus trip.'
  11. 'Then more towers of smoke were climbing toward the sky; screams wailed across the fields.'
  12. 'wailing sirens'
  13. 'Shocked bystanders hugged each other, some crying or holding their hands to their faces as ambulances, sirens wailing, evacuated the wounded.'
  14. 'Police were cordoning off the road as wailing ambulances weaved their way through the traffic.'
  15. 'The ambulance wailing, the children screeching, and the stray dogs barking on Underwood Avenue on a rainy day.'
  16. 'A wooden vessel maneuvered to dock at a pier on Mahakam Ulu River, the sound of its whistle wailing far and wide.'
  17. 'Mat Maneri plays some lonesome violin, letting strings weep in blank, tragic beauty, plucking and wailing and sounding like a dying dog.'
  18. 'He poured out his otherwise ignored feelings into music, making his flute wail with stormy rage, sigh soft dirges, or trill in happy abandon.'
  19. 'Convoys of emergency vehicles were still streaming into the city… sirens wailing.'
  20. 'The wind wails around the buildings and chases the occasional snowflakes falling from the low grey clouds.'
  21. 'When the towers collapsed, my building was shrouded in a debris cloud that shut out the light of day and muffled the sounds of firemen shouting and sirens wailing.'
  22. 'The near dead silence was obliterated as alarms wailed across the loudspeakers.'
  23. 'He wrenches his hands in agony, and again again looks up to heaven, wailing his fate.'

More definitions

1. to utter a prolonged, inarticulate, mournful cry, usually high-pitched or clear-sounding, as in grief or suffering: to wail with pain.

2. to make mournful sounds, as music or the wind.

3. to lament or mourn bitterly.

4. Jazz. to perform exceptionally well.

5. Slang. to express emotion musically or verbally in an exciting, satisfying way. verb (used with object)

6. to express deep sorrow for; mourn; lament; bewail: to wail the dead; to wail one's fate.

More examples(as adjective)

"walls can be wailing."

"people can be wailing."

"noises can be wailing."

"sounds can be wailing."

"sirens can be wailing."

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Origin

(wail)Middle English: from Old Norse; related to woe.