- 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 whining
We are constantly bombarded by whining from the right over its contrived war on Christmas.The War on Thanksgiving
November 26, 2013
Katherine, Daniel, and Nathan are quite unlikable people, stuck with one another, whining to their friends and family.This Week’s Hot Reads: May 28, 2013
May 28, 2013
It seems that because divorce has become ubiquitous, people feel that it shouldn't be discussed -- as if they're whining.Here's What Divorce Does
March 27, 2013
I could tell the way he was whining that he smelled the scent on the front steps.Can This Dog Solve the Black Dahlia Homicide?
February 3, 2013
His whining about not getting enough time was a reminder of his petulant, entitled side.Michelle Goldberg on the GOP’s Delusional Debate Night
October 17, 2012
I thought only of myself, and I behaved like a whining, unbalanced boy.The Gentleman From Indiana
And over all was a constant hum, a crackling, a whining of spinning parts.Slaves of Mercury
Whining with eagerness, he followed back from the river bank and in among the trees.White Fang
A carpenter was singing in his work-shop, accompanied by the whining of his plane.L'Assommoir
The whining dogs are preying upon your simpleness, mistress Israel.The Scapegoat
- 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 whining
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.