repine

[ ri-pahyn ]
/ rɪˈpaɪn /

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

to be fretfully discontented; fret; complain.

Nearby words

  1. repetitive strain disorder,
  2. repetitive strain injury,
  3. repetitive stress injury,
  4. rephrase,
  5. repic,
  6. repique,
  7. repl.,
  8. replace,
  9. replaceable,
  10. replacement

Origin of repine

First recorded in 1520–30; re- + pine2

Related formsre·pin·er, nounun·re·pined, adjectiveun·re·pin·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for repining

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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Word Origin and History for repining

repine

v.

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

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