- 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 whiner
For the whiner got even less mercy from these men, than he that defied and outfaced them.The Men of the Moss-Hags
S. R. Crockett
He had enough to do in the cabin, and this outdoor performance was no work, anyway, for a whiner.
Six boys and a whiner were asleep in their bunks in the log cabin when that awesome sound first smote the air.
No doubt I might have gone whining to Andy and made him take back all the things he said, but I am no whiner.Molly Brown's College Friends</p>
I have just carried unpoliteness far enough to make her afraid of me; and to shew her, that I am no whiner.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- 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 whiner
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.