- to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief; find fault: He complained constantly about the noise in the corridor.
- to tell of one's pains, ailments, etc.: to complain of a backache.
- to make a formal accusation: If you think you've been swindled, complain to the police.
Origin of complain
Examples from the Web for complain
And it might be what Islamists complain about while sitting in their caves.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
I could complain about how, two out of eight episodes in, Agent Carter is in no hurry to introduce its real villain.Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ Stomps on the Patriarchy
January 7, 2015
When they complain that there is no future for them here,” she confides after a long pause, “I worry they are right.Lebanese Christians Gun Up Against ISIS
November 10, 2014
“His wife went for the visit and suddenly started to complain about the cuts,” Guadalupe told The Daily Beast.Did Joran Van Der Sloot Fake His Prison Shanking?
Andrea Zarate, Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 5, 2014
Those that dared to complain were punished with bad shifts, demoted, or even fired.Waitressing Is One of the Worst Jobs for Sexual Harassment
October 8, 2014
Should it be ever so unhappily, will it be prudence to complain or appeal?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
They complain there are so few unobjectionable tracts to give them.Weighed and Wanting
His subordinate officers may complain that they have had no fighting.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
At sundown of the second day he began to complain of the irksomeness of his bonds.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
"That is the very thing of which I complain," said his lordship.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- to express resentment, displeasure, etc, esp habitually; grumble
- (foll by of) to state the presence of pain, illness, etc, esp in the hope of sympathyshe complained of a headache
Word Origin and History for complain
late 14c., "find fault, lament," from stem of Old French complaindre "to lament" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *complangere, originally "to beat the breast," from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + plangere "to strike, beat the breast" (see plague (n.)). Older sense of "lament" died out 17c. Related: Complained; complaining.
Idioms and Phrases with complain
see can't complain.