Meaning of “plaintive” in the English Dictionary

"plaintive" in British English

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plaintiveadjective

uk /ˈpleɪn.tɪv/ us /ˈpleɪn.t̬ɪv/
plaintively
adverb uk /ˈpleɪn.tɪv.li/ us /ˈpleɪn.t̬ɪv.li/

"I've broken my glasses," he said plaintively.
plaintiveness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈpleɪn.tɪv.nəs/ us /ˈpleɪn.t̬ɪv.nəs/

(Definition of “plaintive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plaintive" in American English

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plaintiveadjective

us /ˈpleɪn·tɪv/

(esp. of a sound) having a sad quality:

I love the plaintive sound of the bagpipes.

(Definition of “plaintive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)