1、-plaint- + -ive.
2、=> lamenting, mournful, sad.
- plaintive: see plague
- plaintive (adj.)
- late 14c., "lamenting," from Old French plaintif "complaining; wretched, miserable," from plainte (see plaint). Sense of "mournful, sad" first recorded 1570s. Related: Plaintively; plaintiveness.
- 1. Somewhere in the audience an old woman's voice began plaintive wail.
- 2. Suddenly a camel let out a plaintive ay, not far away.
- 骆驼忽然哀叫了两声, 离他不远.
来自汉英文学 - 骆驼祥子
- 3. They lay on the firm sands, listening to the plaintive cry of the seagulls.
- 4. Her voice was small and plaintive.
- 5. Uncle Peter's voice came as from a far distance , plaintive, placating.
- 彼得大叔这时说话了,他的声音犹如自一个遥远的地方起来, 既带有哀愁又给人以安慰.
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