- to be fretfully discontented; fret; complain.
Origin of repine
Related Words for repiningmoan, grumble, regret, lament, wish, whimper, yearn, mourn, murmur, mope, languish, fret, n
Examples from the Web for repining
Historical Examples of repining
And anyhow, repining is only a counterfeit repentance, you know.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
The most part of them concluded that he was repining for the loss of his former state.The Scapegoat
If I were given to dreaming or repining I should say Fate was dead against me.The Hound From The North
Will not our pride of good blood teach us other lessons than repining?Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
"Repining is useless, if not sinful," observed Mary Percival.The Settlers in Canada
- (intr) to be fretful or low-spirited through discontent
Word Origin for repine
Word Origin and History for repining
"to be fretfully discontented," mid-15c., probably from re-, here likely an intensive prefix, + pine (v.) "yearn." Related: Repined; repining.