- to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief; find fault: He complained constantly about the noise in the corridor.
- to tell of one's pains, ailments, etc.: to complain of a backache.
- to make a formal accusation: If you think you've been swindled, complain to the police.
Origin of complain
Examples from the Web for complained
There are a few good ones, Antoine says, but he complained bitterly of a lack of responsiveness.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
Walker was not the only one who complained publicly about Jackson.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
Perhaps, as one cardinal recently complained, the chaos is the plan.Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?
November 19, 2014
Redditors had complained that the thing they found and promoted had been co-opted and mined for clicks by other sites.There Are More 'Too Many Cooks' Where That First Fever Dream Came From
November 11, 2014
Sergei is not the only soldier who has complained about the conduct of the commander and the officers in the 12th Battalion.Corruption Eats Away at Ukraine Military
October 21, 2014
Indeed, he had not complained since her coming, and she had been with them many days.Rico and Wiseli
Longespe, complained to the King; but Louis could give him no redress.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
"I do not understand the people in this place," Mrs. MacDermott had complained to Hinde.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
The blood trickled from his forehead; he complained of pains in his side and limbs.
Do you never have the headaches you complained of sometimes?
- to express resentment, displeasure, etc, esp habitually; grumble
- (foll by of) to state the presence of pain, illness, etc, esp in the hope of sympathyshe complained of a headache
Word Origin and History for complained
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.
Idioms and Phrases with complained
see can't complain.