- to utter a low, usually nasal, complaining cry or sound, as from uneasiness, discontent, peevishness, etc.: The puppies were whining from hunger.
- to snivel or complain in a peevish, self-pitying way: He is always whining about his problems.
- to utter with or as if with a whine: I whined my litany of complaints.
- a whining utterance, sound, or tone.
- a feeble, peevish complaint.
Origin of whine
Synonyms for whine
- a long high-pitched plaintive cry or moan
- a continuous high-pitched sound
- a peevish complaint, esp one repeated
- to make a whine or utter in a 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.