Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a plaintive manner; mournfully; sadly

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  • adverb In a plaintive manner.

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  • adverb in a plaintive manner

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Examples

  • He said her name plaintively, wanting her to stop her weeping because damn it!

    My Devilish Scotsman

  • Weyanoke Indians slipped by like darker shadows in the forest gloom; and only the little night birds seemed to know or to care as they called plaintively in the marshes at twilight.

    Virginia: the Old Dominion

  • As the House dawdles with the approaching deadline so the markets begin to wobble, and they call plaintively for the President to become involved, the White House should say simply

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  • " He offered the name plaintively when Sharpe relaxed his arm.

    Sharpe's Fortress

  • Nan! "he called plaintively, and he called sharply too and loudly, the possessor.

    Gilian The Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

  • We called plaintively for help, and kirizal and voidmonster came to pick up the edibles.

    Three edibles.

  • Meg called plaintively, alarmed by her continued silence.

    My Seduction

  • Meg called plaintively, alarmed by her continued silence.

    My Seduction

  • Meg called plaintively, alarmed by her continued silence.

    My Seduction

  • Grantaire called plaintively from the stall -- which, from my angle, apeared something like a tempest in a cloth-covered coffin.

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  • "I'm not the defendant in this case," said Tom plaintively.

    August 5, 2009