AskDefine | Define waul

The Collaborative Dictionary

Waul \Waul\, v. i. [Of imitative origin.] To cry as a cat; to squall; to wail. [Written also wawl.] [1913 Webster] The helpless infant, coming wauling and crying into the world. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

waul v : make high-pitched, whiney noises [syn: squall, wawl]

English

Etymology

Imitative.

Pronunciation

  • /wɔ:l/

Verb

  1. to wail, to cry plaintively
    • 1605: Thou know'st the first time that we smell the air / We waul and cry. — William Shakespeare, King Lear IV.v
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