From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wail \Wail\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wailed; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Wailing.] [OE. wailen, weilen, probably fr. Icel. v[ae]la;
   cf. Icel. v[ae], vei, woe, and E. wayment, also OE. wai, wei,
   woe. Cf. Woe.]
   To lament; to bewail; to grieve over; as, to wail one's
   death. --Shak.
   [1913 Webster]
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