Pronunciation of Wail
/wˈe͡ɪl/, /wˈe‍ɪl/, /w_ˈeɪ_l/

Synonyms for wail:

Sense 1

snivel, choke up, snuff, ululation.

Sense 2

bawl, objection, blubber.

Sense 3

tear up.

Sense 7

break down.


blubber, break down, mewl, weep, bawl, sigh.







Other synonyms and related words:

dirge, squawk, blubber, grouch, grievance, Whinge, sorrow, coronach, squeal, sough, repine, deplore, beef, complain, bawl, snivel, requiem, carp, wrawl, growl, inveigh, mourning, fuss, complaint, yowl, gripe, grouse, elegy, yawp, grumble, bellow, howl, Miserere, murmur, plaint, threnody, mewl, lamentation, pule, holler, yawl, ululation, caterwaul, yammer, thunder, bleat.

Sense 1 (noun)

choke up.

Sense 2 (noun)

bawl, blubber.

Sense 5 (noun)


ululation (noun)


blow (verb)

draft, bluster, storm, breeze, roar, exhale, squall, rage, puff, ventilate, gust, blow.

cry loudly (verb)

moan, fuss, weep, mourn, bewail, lament, squall, bemoan, complain, grieve, ululate, howl, whine, whimper, bawl, repine, deplore.

Usage examples for wail:

  • " A wail of agony was heard above Zutphen last Sunday," wrote Count Nieuwenar, " a sound as of a mighty massacre, but we know not what has taken place." - "The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74", John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: January 25, 2009.
  • The man continued to cry out until the tumbrils started, then with a wail of despair he fell on his knees, shaking in every limb, chattering to himself, whether oaths or prayers who shall say? - "The Light That Lures", Percy Brebner.
  • The last words were a wail. - "Hanging by a Thread", Gordon Randall Garrett.

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