verb (used without object), re·pined, re·pin·ing.

to be fretfully discontented; fret; complain.

Origin of repine

First recorded in 1520–30; re- + pine2
Related formsre·pin·er, nounun·re·pined, adjectiveun·re·pin·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for repine

Historical Examples of repine

  • Now, however—but I should be a fool, indeed, to repine at my own good fortune!'

  • Why then should he repine when the hour of separation arrives?



  • Well, even so, he would not repine, for Naomi could see now.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • In that wish there can be no harm, for it is only wishing that you may not be tempted to repine.

    The Settlers in Canada

    Frederick Marryat

  • But there—we must not repine—even in my sorrow, I feel how much we have to be thankful for.

British Dictionary definitions for repine



(intr) to be fretful or low-spirited through discontent

Word Origin for repine

C16: from re- + pine ²
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Word Origin and History for repine

"to be fretfully discontented," mid-15c., probably from re-, here likely an intensive prefix, + pine (v.) "yearn." Related: Repined; repining.

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