keening

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Irish Caoineadh meaning lament.

AdjectiveEdit

keening (not comparable)

  1. Sharp, shrill, especially of a sound.
    The keening sound of a dentist's drill sets my teeth on edge"

NounEdit

keening (uncountable)

  1. Intense mournful wailing after a death, often at a funeral or wake
  2. (by extension) An unpleasant sound.

VerbEdit

keening

  1. Present participle of keen.

AnagramsEdit

Last modified on 17 August 2013, at 05:06