From the tents came now loud angry cries and now plaintive groans.
The plaintive moan of reproach was drowned by the threatening and angry roar of the crowd.
The sad news of their grandmother's death left the room full of plaintive cries.
Her plaintive words showed the sorrow and remore that Rachel felt.
Suddenly, a plaintive yowling jars you from your peaceful oblivion.
Her plaintive begging was not sufficient to get the little girl out of the punishment.
The puppy let out a plaintive whimper when the girl stepped on its foot.
plaintive voice followed her: " Dawn!
plaintive melody in 5/4 time.
plaintive cry going up for " has anyone got any scissors?
plaintive plea for a return to the old days of rather looser money?
plaintive acoustic tone avoids Kings of Convenience dreariness with some taut arrangements, laconic melodies and sudden, potent lyrics.
And the bit with the carol singers is very plaintive.
He gave me a quizzical, almost plaintive look.
That night was pretty bad, no sleep from three o'clock, therefore somewhat plaintive in the morning.
Posted 2 years ago on April 25 2005 An update on the boiler... Its noises have become much more plaintive of late.
In times of drought the Guanches drove their flocks to consecrated grounds, where the lambs were separated from their mothers in the belief that their plaintive bleatings would melt the heart of the Great Spirit.
The music, vocal and instrumental, is generally of little compass, and in the minor key; it is therefore plaintive, and strikes a European ear as somewhat monotonous, though often possessing a simple beauty, and the charm of antiquity, for there is little doubt that the favorite airs have been handed down from remote ages.
In this way, although the ancient ballads are not forgotten, new words are also fitted to the plaintive folk-tunes (fados) which every farm-hand knows and sings, accompanied sometimes by a rude clarinet or bagpipes, but more frequently by the so-called Portuguese guitar - an instrument which resembles a mandolin rather than the guitars of Italy and Spain.
Volume and diction are very important - my plaintive cry of ' I can't hear you!
The Collins solo project, plaintive and bouncy in equal measure, hit the pop mainstream like a train.
A plaintive, piping trill with the rather mournful qualities of a diver echoed across the still water.
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