adverb uk /ˈpleɪn.tɪv.li/ us /ˈpleɪn.t̬ɪv.li/
noun [ U ] uk /ˈpleɪn.tɪv.nəs/ us /ˈpleɪn.t̬ɪv.nəs/
(Definition of “plaintive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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to (cause someone to) be in a position in which the lower part of the body is resting on a seat or other type of support, with the upper part of the body vertical