Cry and Wail


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Cry noun – A loud vocal expression of strong emotion.
Usage example: a cry of despair arose when the smoke of the bomb blast cleared

Wail is a synonym for cry in weep topic. In some cases you can use "Wail" instead the word "Cry" as a verb or a noun, when it comes to topics like sound, happy, scream, animal sound. popular alternative
Nearby Words: crying, cried
Synonyms for Cry


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Wail noun – A crying out in grief.
Usage example: a prolonged wail arose from every corner of the city as the victims of the earthquake were unearthed from the rubble

Cry is a synonym for wail in scream topic. You can use "Cry" instead the word "Wail" as a verb or a noun, if it concerns topics such as sound, howl, happy, animal sound. popular alternative
Nearby Words: wailing, wailed
Synonyms for Wail

How words are described

long long cry long wail
true true cry true wail
dead dead cry dead wail
single single cry single wail
Other adjectives: loud, annoying, piercing, mournful, opening, beautiful, famous, angry, final, random, agonized, terrifying.

Common collocations

name cry name wail name
ass cry ass wail ass

Both words in one sentence

  • Inelegant Blubbering So when they die, they have to openly mourn for them (read: wail and cry as if they really mean it) or else they will be imprisoned or worse.
  • Comic Book / Birds of Prey She does refer to her sonic wail as her "Canary Cry," but it is never implied to actually sound like a real canary and she had the name before her powers arose.
  • Film / Godzilla Raids Again Death Wail: Anguirus has an additional, unique cry head during his death, after Godzilla bites his neck, but it's only heard in foreign versions and is missing from the Japanese version entirely, much like Godzilla's in The Return of Godzilla Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?
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