Sad, happy and funny

plaintive
(adj)
PLAIN-tiv
Meaning

mournful; expressing sadness

1st Sample Sentence

Suddenly he heard a plaintive melody on the flute, but he couldn't tell where it was coming from.

Root

plangere (to lament) (Latin)

Mnemonics

lol its so easy wtf plaintive = remove L pain + tive = mournful Plaintive can be split into plain (plane)+tive (relative). Suppose a relative dies in a plane crash, we mourn. Thus plaintive = mourn. Sorry for the sadistic mnemonic.

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