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Definition of plaintive:

  1. Expressing sorrow.
  2. Expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad.
  3. Repining; complaining; lamenting.

Synonyms:

lamentable, mournful, doleful, happy, funeral, wailing, bemoaning, clear, deploring, woebegone, aching, sorry, bewailing, bitter, lugubrious, jumpy, plangent, rueful, pitiful, high, regretful, high-pitched, weeping, agonized, grieving, dolesome, metallic, reedy, creaky, sorrowful, squeaky.

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