from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Expressing sorrow; mournful or melancholy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Sorrowful, mournful or melancholic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Repining; complaining; lamenting.
- adj. Expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 1. Lamenting; complaining; giving utterance to sorrow or grief; repining.
- Expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad: said of things: as, a plaintive sound; a plaintive air; a plaintive song.
- Synonyms Plaintive, Querulous, woful, rueful. Plaintive and querulous agree in expressing weakness. He who is querulous is ready to find fault over trivial matters, and in a weak, captious, tired way; there is a tone recognized as querlous. Plaintive is rarely said of persons; a plaintive tone or utterance conveys a subdued regret or lamentation : as, the plaintive note of the mourning dove. See petulant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. expressing sorrow
Middle English plaintif, from Old French, aggrieved, lamenting, from plaint, complaint; see plaint.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French plaintif ("aggrieved, lamenting"), from plainte ("lament, complaint"); see plaint. (Wiktionary)