- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for whined
An hour later another outcast approached and whined his story.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Michael Sam has one big advantage over the aging NFL execs who whined to SI.Michael Sam Is Not a ‘Distraction’
February 12, 2014
In the latest episode of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, Kardashian whined about West receiving public blame for her bad outfits.Is Sheryl Sandberg Dodging The Fashion Question?; Vera Wang Charges Dress Try-On Fee
The Fashion Beast Team
March 25, 2013
Instead of taking the president's jokes with good grace, you fled the hotel ballroom in a huff and whined.Donald Trump’s Latest Challenge to Obama Renders Him Irrelevant
October 24, 2012
In his New Hampshire victory speech Romney whined that President Obama “divides us with the bitter politics of envy.”To Romney, Detractors Suffer From Envy
January 13, 2012
The last words of his speech he whined out in a lackadaisical tone.Weighed and Wanting
The latter regarded him wistfully, started away, then returned and whined softly.
He whined pleadingly, and scurried playfully in and out of the underbrush.
It whined unsteadily a few moments then broke off completely.The Second Voice
"And that's how I'm fixed," whined Squeaking Henry in conclusion.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
- 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
Word Origin and History for whined
1630s, from whine (v.).
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.