Definition of 'wail'
Video: pronunciation of 'wail'
Example sentences containing 'wail'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
We heard wailing and screaming until sunrise. Times, Sunday Times (2016)She was wailing in grief then growling in rage. The Sun (2011)Women are heard wailing in the background. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The whole settlement echoed to the mournful wailing until the sound died away quite suddenly. THE LAST OF THE GENTLEMEN ADVENTURERS: Coming of Age in the Arctic (2004)One day she came home from school to hear agonised wailing. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It is my second fast day this week and you can probably hear my stomach wailing. Times, Sunday Times (2013) Hearing her wailing down the phone made us feel guilty. Times, Sunday Times (2008)And still we hear the wails of pain. Times, Sunday Times (2009)They began to weep and wail with such loud grief that once again the film had to be stopped. Christianity Today (2000)The opening moments were an onslaught of wailing, rumbling sound that pinned us to our seats. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The high-pitched wail made by the cars at speed is another bone of contention. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The bumping was getting louder, the wailing more intense. Times, Sunday Times (2011)You will have heard the recent wailing coming from across the Channel. Times, Sunday Times (2014)People wailing and crying,' he said. Times, Sunday Times (2010)But when you're wailing in pain and pleading for assistance, it really is prolonging the agony. The Sun (2011)He was screaming, his high-pitched wails piercing the clouds of choking plaster dust that were swirling around. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They make loud wailing cries, especially in the early morning, they leave foul messes on the roof and their nests block gutters. Times, Sunday Times (2015)I cry at songs,' she wails. Times, Sunday Times (2014)As I hurried up the stairs, the wailing grew louder. No Way Home: A Cuban Dancer's Tale (2007)
Trends of 'wail'
Used Occasionally. wail is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage over:
Translations for 'wail'
British English: wail VERB
If someone wails, they make long, loud, high cries because they are sad or in pain.
The women began to wail in mourning.
Definition of wail from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Study guides for every stage of your learning journey
Whether you're in search of a crossword puzzle, a detailed guide to tying knots, or tips on writing the perfect college essay, Harper Reference has you covered for all your study needs.
Unlock language with the Paul Noble method
No books. No rote memorization. No chance of failure. Your chance to have a one-to-one lesson with best-selling language expert Paul Noble, try a FREE audio sample of his brand new Mandarin Chinese course.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.