As a noun wail
is a prolonged cry, usually high-pitched, especially as of grief or anguish.
As a verb wail
is to cry out, as in sorrow or anguish or wail
can be (obsolete) to choose; to select.
As an initialism wais is
(west antarctic ice sheet
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
Probably from (etyl)
Etymology in Webster's Dictionary
A prolonged cry, usually high-pitched, especially as of grief or anguish.
Any similar sound as of lamentation; a howl.
- She let out a loud, doleful wail .
- The wail of snow-dark winter winds.
A sound made by emergency vehicle sirens, contrasted with "yelp" which is higher-pitched and faster.
- A bird's wail in the night.
To cry out, as in sorrow or anguish.
To weep, lament persistently or bitterly.
To make a noise like mourning or crying.
To lament; to bewail; to grieve over.
- The wind wailed and the rain streamed down.
- to wail one's death
(slang, music) To perform with great liveliness and force.
Compare Icelandic word for "choice".