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repine

[ ri-pahyn ]
/ rɪˈpaɪn /
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verb (used without object), re·pined, re·pin·ing.

to be fretfully discontented; fret; complain.

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Origin of repine

First recorded in 1520–30; re- + pine2

OTHER WORDS FROM repine

re·pin·er, nounun·re·pined, adjectiveun·re·pin·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for repine

repine
/ (rɪˈpaɪn) /

verb

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

Word Origin for repine

C16: from re- + pine ²
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