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[ri-pahyn] /rɪˈpaɪn/
verb (used without object), repined, repining.
to be fretfully discontented; fret; complain.
Origin of repine
First recorded in 1520-30; re- + pine2
Related forms
repiner, noun
unrepined, adjective
unrepining, adjective Unabridged
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  • Surely nothing had occurred which of itself could bring to her either sorrow or repining.

  • repining is useless, if not sinful,” observed Mary Percival.

    The Settlers in Canada Frederick Marryat
  • Emmeline, thus separated from every body she loved, pursued her journey melancholy and repining.

    Emmeline Charlotte Turner Smith
  • While you are repining over what is beyond recall, events are moving on.

    Problems of Expansion Whitelaw Reid
  • How free was all she wrote from repining or despondency—how full of Christian faith, hope, and patience!

    The Allen House T. S. Arthur
  • But there was nothing to be gained by repining, he reminded himself.

    A Chinese Command Harry Collingwood
  • He has lost that spirit of repining and sarcasm, and lives as if he had an object.'

    The Heir of Redclyffe Charlotte M. Yonge
  • There is no use in repining, unless one mends matters by deeds, not words.

    She and I, Volume 2 John Conroy Hutcheson
  • However, the girls were not repining at their lack of society.

    Madge Morton's Victory Amy D.V. Chalmers
  • And anyhow, repining is only a counterfeit repentance, you know.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
British Dictionary definitions for repining


(intransitive) to be fretful or low-spirited through discontent
Word Origin
C16: from re- + pine²
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Word Origin and History for repining



"to be fretfully discontented," mid-15c., probably from re-, here likely an intensive prefix, + pine (v.) "yearn." Related: Repined; repining.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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