- 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 uncomplaining
She was deeply wounded and silent, uncomplaining; she seemed to be dying hourly.The Dream
Yet she was, as the doctor had said, calm and uncomplaining.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
Thorpe gave her the mystified yet uncomplaining glance she knew so well in his eyes.The Market-Place
Eliot is all about This place, with his most uncomplaining brow.Browning's England
Helen Archibald Clarke
His air was so gay, so uncomplaining, that it was hard to believe it came from him.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
- not complaining or resentful; resigned
- 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 uncomplaining
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 uncomplaining
see can't complain.