Full of or expressive of sorrow
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.