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"plaintive" in British English

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plaintiveadjective

uk   /ˈpleɪn.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ɪv/
plaintively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
"I've ​broken my ​glasses," he said plaintively.
plaintiveness
noun [U] uk   us   /-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 ​sadquality: I ​love the plaintive ​sound of the ​bagpipes.
(Definition of plaintive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “plaintive”
in Spanish quejumbroso, lastimero…
in Vietnamese than vãn…
in Malaysian sedih…
in Thai ที่ดูเศร้าโศก…
in French plaintif…
in German wehleidig…
in Chinese (Simplified) 伤感的…
in Turkish ağlamaklı, üzgün, hüzünlü…
in Russian печальный, жалобный…
in Indonesian sedih…
in Chinese (Traditional) 傷感的…
in Polish żałosny…
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