Definition of plaintively in English:

plaintively

adverb

  • See plaintive

    • ‘‘I don't want to become a reindeer,’ she says plaintively.’
    • ‘It's one of the ironies of fame, that those who are not yet famous are prepared to give everything in their determination to succeed, and years later, when they have succeeded, they ask plaintively why their personal lives are a mess.’
    • ‘‘You didn't have to grab my legs like that,’ he said plaintively.’
    • ‘With modest adjustments, this cri de coeur could be plaintively submitted by any corporate drone who's ever dreamed outside his or her little gray box.’
    • ‘His faster songs were rapidly percussive, his slower songs were plaintively rendered in his odd quavering-soprano voice, and they all had that trademark energy.’

Pronunciation

plaintively

/ˈpleɪntɪvli/