verb (used without object)
Origin of complain
Examples from the Web for complain
And it might be what Islamists complain about while sitting in their caves.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I could complain about how, two out of eight episodes in, Agent Carter is in no hurry to introduce its real villain.
When they complain that there is no future for them here,” she confides after a long pause, “I worry they are right.
“His wife went for the visit and suddenly started to complain about the cuts,” Guadalupe told The Daily Beast.
Those that dared to complain were punished with bad shifts, demoted, or even fired.Waitressing Is One of the Worst Jobs for Sexual Harassment|Brandy Zadrozny|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I'd radiate like mad; I'd complain about the situation at every crossroad, at every filling station, before every farmer.Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith
People say we are very noisy at such times, and complain a good deal.
Once she began to complain to him that Pani Bigiel would not give her red wine.Children of the Soil|Henryk Sienkiewicz
But I have made it a condition that she is to go at once, if I find reason to complain of her.The Woman in White|Wilkie Collins
And of whom can you complain, you who accelerated your own death?The Visions of Quevedo|Dom Francisco de Quevedo
Word Origin for complain
late 14c., "find fault, lament," from stem of Old French complaindre "to lament" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *complangere, originally "to beat the breast," from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + plangere "to strike, beat the breast" (see plague (n.)). Older sense of "lament" died out 17c. Related: Complained; complaining.
see can't complain.