- 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
Antonyms for complain
Related Words for complainertroublemaker, nitpicker, grump, crybaby, protester, crab, objector, growler, nagger, faultfinder
Examples from the Web for complainer
Historical Examples of complainer
It is for the complainer's relief, not for God's information.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Volume III
Although Achan was the only offender, he was probably far from being the only complainer on that occasion.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Joshua
William Garden Blaikie
I see that you think you have effectually disposed of all complaint by challenging the complainer to suggest a remedy.The Potiphar Papers
George William Curtis
Chamillart searched for the document, found it, and saw that the complainer was right.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
"Together we make sweetest harmony," returned the bell next the complainer.Allegories of Life
Mrs. J. S. Adams
- 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 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.