Today’s Word: keening

Word: keening




noun: A wailing lament for the dead.


From Irish caoineadh (lament). Earliest documented use: 1876.


“Of all the closures of independent stores that have left hundreds of British high streets a book-free wilderness, none has given rise to more celebrity keening than the imminent demise of The Travel Bookshop.”
Boyd Tonkin; Crimes Behind Closed Doors; The Independent (London, UK); Sep 9, 2011.
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