Definition of 'plaintive'
Example sentences containing 'plaintive'
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Whose bright idea was it to call a magazine something plaintive and filled with pathos? Times, Sunday Times (2010)There was a plaintive cry from across the hall. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It was little wonder that he finished his letter home on a plaintive note. VOYAGES OF DELUSION: The Search for the North West Passage in the Age of Reason (2002)His thick, plaintive voice sounded as though it rose from the earth. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The ace guitar playing and tone are there, plus that plaintive voice. The Sun (2010)Or just wander the nearby streets and listen out for a steel guitar or a high, plaintive voice. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Then her plaintive voice faded. Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 194445 (2007)When they fly up, they make plaintive calls, and one sees their bright white underside. Times, Sunday Times (2012)His songs can be wonderfully simple; a solo piano piece called Refugees had plaintive charm. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It's time for reinvention, to move away a little from the plaintive vocal and acoustic guitar. Times, Sunday Times (2011)We got it going, and after a while out came this rather wonderful, plaintive and poignant sound. Times, Sunday Times (2014)You only need crawl along at 20mph in first and listen to that hollow, plaintive cry from the exhausts. Times, Sunday Times (2006)
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Used Occasionally. plaintive is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'plaintive'
British English: plaintive ADJECTIVE
A plaintive sound or voice sounds sad.
They lay on the sand, listening to the plaintive cry of the seagulls.
Definition of plaintive from the Collins English Dictionary
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