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English definition of “plaintive”

plaintive

adjective     /ˈpleɪn.tɪv/ US  /-t̬ɪv/
describes something that sounds slightly sad: the plaintive sound of the bagpipes "What about me?" came a plaintive voice.Describing qualities of sound plaintively     /-li/ adverb "I've broken my glasses," he said plaintively.Describing qualities of sound plaintiveness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Describing qualities of sound
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