verb (used without object), whined, whin·ing.
verb (used with object), whined, whin·ing.
Origin of whine
Word Origin for whine
1630s, from whine (v.).
Old English hwinan "to whiz or whistle through the air" (only of arrows), also hwinsian "to whine" (of dogs), ultimately of imitative origin (cf. Old Norse hvina "to whiz," German wiehern "to neigh"). Meaning "to complain in a feeble way" is first recorded 1520s. Related: Whined; whining.