verb (used without object)
Origin of complain
Examples from the Web for complaining
They constantly break the fourth wall, yelling and complaining to the cameramen.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious|Marlow Stern|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
People in the comments section were complaining about the length of one of these essays that ran in The New Yorker.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life|David Yaffe|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What could go wrong sending out a "humorous parody" of Adolf Hitler complaining about his Obamacare?
But Christians complaining about “discrimination” should realize what real victimization looks like.Religious Conservatives Are the New Minority, But They’re Not Victims|Gene Robinson|March 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Which means the complaining about the Oscars is officially set to commence Monday morning.The Worst Oscar Winners, From ‘Rocky’ and ‘Crash’ to Gwyneth Paltrow|Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All the others, complaining of being sick, took their rest, except Mr. Hayward and Mr. Elphinston whom I directed to keep watch.A Voyage to the South Sea|William Bligh
A man by the name of Rangel, who had some considerable influence, was complaining bitterly.Hernando Cortez|John S. C. Abbott
Mrs. Handsomebody was speaking in a complaining way to Angel.Explorers of the Dawn|Mazo de la Roche
The poor Frenchman died, complaining bitterly of the barbarous ignorance and negligence which had shortened his days.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
The insurance company is complaining about the high rate of claims for deaths.Anchorite|Randall Garrett
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.