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or whiney

[hwahy-nee, wahy-] /ˈʰwaɪ ni, ˈwaɪ-/
adjective, whinier, whiniest.
complaining; fretful; cranky:
The baby is whiny because he missed his nap.
Origin of whiny
First recorded in 1850-55; whine + -y1
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whininess, noun Unabridged
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  • He is one of those dogs that look scratchy and whiny at the first glance.

  • The woman was reading in a whiny, excited drawl: "'One thousand dollars reward for——'"

    Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
  • Near the counter where the food was served out one of the cooks swore interminably in a whiny sing-sing voice.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • She does get into whiny states, and is regularly tiresome; and the more you notice her, the worse she is.

  • In contrast to his size, which was considerable, this Judge Priest had a voice that was high and whiny.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for whiny


adjective whinier, whiniest
high-pitched and plaintive
peevish; complaining
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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