Wail (?), v. t. [Cf. Icel. val choice, velja to choose, akin to Goth. waljan, G. wahlen.]

To choose; to select.

[Obs.] "Wailed wine and meats."

Henryson.

 

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Wail, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wailed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Wailing.] [OE. wailen, weilen, probably fr. Icel. vaela; cf. Icel. vae, vei, woe, and E. wayment, also OE. wai, wei, woe. Cf. Woe.]

To lament; to bewail; to grieve over; as, to wail one's death.

Shak.

 

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Wail, v. i.

To express sorrow audibly; to make mournful outcry; to weep.

Therefore I will wail and howl.

Micah i. 8.

 

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Wail, n.

Loud weeping; violent lamentation; wailing.

"The wail of the forest."

Longfellow.

 

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