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English definition of “wail”

wail

verb     /weɪl/
[I or T] to make a long, high cry, usually because of pain or sadness: The women gathered around the coffin and began to wail, as was the custom in the region. [+ speech] "My finger hurts," wailed the child.Expressing and showing feelingsSounds made by humans with their mouths [I] informal to complain loudly or strongly: [+ that] Business people wailed that their trade would be ruined.Shouting and screamingComplaining
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