verb (used without object)
to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief; find fault: He complained constantly about the noise in the corridor.
to tell of one's pains, ailments, etc.: to complain of a backache.
to make a formal accusation: If you think you've been swindled, complain to the police.
Origin of complain
1350–1400; Middle English compleinenRelated formscom·plain·a·ble, adjectivecom·plain·er, nouncom·plain·ing·ly, adverbun·com·plained, adjectiveun·com·plain·ing, adjectiveun·com·plain·ing·ly, adverb
< Anglo-French compleign-,
stem of compleindre, Old French complaindre
< Vulgar Latin *complangere,
equivalent to Latin com- com-
to lament; see plaint
1. Complain, grumble, growl, whine are terms for expressing dissatisfaction or discomfort. To complain is to protest against or lament a wrong: to complain about high prices. To grumble is to utter ill-natured complaints half to oneself: to grumble about the service. Growl may express more anger than grumble : to growl in reply to a question. To whine is to complain in a meanspirited way, using a nasal tone: to whine like a coward, like a spoiled child.
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Related Words for uncomplaininggentle
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Historical Examples of uncomplaining
She was deeply wounded and silent, uncomplaining; she seemed to be dying hourly.
Yet she was, as the doctor had said, calm and uncomplaining.
Thorpe gave her the mystified yet uncomplaining glance she knew so well in his eyes.
Eliot is all about This place, with his most uncomplaining brow.
His air was so gay, so uncomplaining, that it was hard to believe it came from him.
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
British Dictionary definitions for uncomplaining
not complaining or resentful; resigned
Derived Formscomplainer, nouncomplainingly, adverb
to express resentment, displeasure, etc, esp habitually; grumble
(foll by of) to state the presence of pain, illness, etc, esp in the hope of sympathyshe complained of a headache
Word Origin for complain
C14: from Old French complaindre, from Vulgar Latin complangere (unattested), from Latin com- (intensive) + plangere to bewail
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Word Origin and History for uncomplaining
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.
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