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[hwahyn, wahyn] /ʰwaɪn, waɪn/
verb (used without object), whined, whining.
to utter a low, usually nasal, complaining cry or sound, as from uneasiness, discontent, peevishness, etc.:
The puppies were whining from hunger.
to snivel or complain in a peevish, self-pitying way:
He is always whining about his problems.
verb (used with object), whined, whining.
to utter with or as if with a whine:
I whined my litany of complaints.
a whining utterance, sound, or tone.
a feeble, peevish complaint.
Origin of whine
before 1150; Middle English whinen (v.), Old English hwīnan to whiz; cognate with Old Norse hvīna
Related forms
whiner, noun
whiningly, adverb
unwhining, adjective
unwhiningly, adverb
Can be confused
wine, whine.
1. moan, whimper. 2. See complain. Unabridged
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  • Solomon got up, whined, turned from the door, and jumped into Mrs. Yellam's lap.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam Horace Annesley Vachell
  • "This is against the law," whined the man, beads of sweat standing on his forehead.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • The door was shut, but Woof knew that doors frequently opened if one scratched at them and whined persuasively.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • "When things don't suit me, I'm apt to say so; but I never scold," whined the shrew.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • He whined and cringed to his own offspring, and begged him to give him the bottle.

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for whined


a long high-pitched plaintive cry or moan
a continuous high-pitched sound
a peevish complaint, esp one repeated
to make a whine or utter in a whine
Derived Forms
whiner, noun
whining, adjective
whiningly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English hwīnan; related to Old Norse hvīna, Swedish hvija to scream
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Word Origin and History for whined



Old English hwinan "to whiz or whistle through the air" (only of arrows), also hwinsian "to whine" (of dogs), ultimately of imitative origin (cf. Old Norse hvina "to whiz," German wiehern "to neigh"). Meaning "to complain in a feeble way" is first recorded 1520s. Related: Whined; whining.


1630s, from whine (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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