- 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 complaining
They constantly break the fourth wall, yelling and complaining to the cameramen.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious
December 8, 2014
People in the comments section were complaining about the length of one of these essays that ran in The New Yorker.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
What could go wrong sending out a "humorous parody" of Adolf Hitler complaining about his Obamacare?Major GOP Donor Sends Out Obamacare Hitler Parody
April 7, 2014
But Christians complaining about “discrimination” should realize what real victimization looks like.Religious Conservatives Are the New Minority, But They’re Not Victims
March 30, 2014
Which means the complaining about the Oscars is officially set to commence Monday morning.The Worst Oscar Winners, From ‘Rocky’ and ‘Crash’ to Gwyneth Paltrow
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
February 26, 2014
In general we take our good things for granted, complaining that they are not better.The Conquest of Fear
"Oh, I am not complaining about that, at all," said the hammock magnanimously.In the Midst of Alarms
I'm well as ever I am; but her, she's too complaining to come in fer show-day.The Gentleman From Indiana
I looked long, my dear Clarinda, for your letter; and am vexed that you are complaining.The Letters of Robert Burns
In a Parisian green-room a new performer was complaining of nervousness.
- 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 complaining
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 complaining
see can't complain.