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plaintive

adjective uk   /ˈpleɪn.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ɪv/
used to describe something that sounds slightly sad: the plaintive sound of the bagpipes "What about me?" came a plaintive voice.
plaintively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
"I've broken my glasses," he said plaintively.
plaintiveness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
Translations of “plaintive”
in Vietnamese than vãn…
in Spanish quejumbroso, lastimero…
in Thai ที่ดูเศร้าโศก…
in Malaysian sedih…
in French plaintif…
in German wehleidig…
in Chinese (Traditional) 傷感的…
in Indonesian sedih…
in Russian печальный, жалобный…
in Turkish ağlamaklı, üzgün, hüzünlü…
in Chinese (Simplified) 伤感的…
in Polish żałosny…
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