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 unrepining

Historical Examples of unrepining

  • I should like to grow old like that, calmly, unafraid and unrepining.

    In the Wilderness

    Robert Hichens

  • Who that ever stooped his head beneath a Highland hut would grudge a few gallons of Glenlivet to its poor but unrepining inmates?

  • Great Brutus bowed by the sorrow of a strong man's unrepining emotion.

    The Vision Spendid

    William MacLeod Raine

  • And as he saw into the depths of that pure heart, its stainless purity, its unrepining sorrow, he trembled and was silent.

    Wee Wifie

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

  • He retired to his bed before the kitchen range, and gradually and slowly he faded away: amiable, unrepining, devoted to the end.

British Dictionary definitions for unrepining



(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 unrepining



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper