whine

[ hwahyn, wahyn ]
/ ʰwaɪn, waɪn /
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verb (used without object), whined, whin·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), whined, whin·ing.

to utter with or as if with a whine: I whined my litany of complaints.

noun

a whining utterance, sound, or tone.
a feeble, peevish complaint.

Nearby words

  1. whimsically,
  2. whimsy,
  3. whimwham,
  4. whin,
  5. whinchat,
  6. whiney,
  7. whing-ding,
  8. whinge,
  9. whinner,
  10. whinny

Origin of whine

before 1150; Middle English whinen (v.), Old English hwīnan to whiz; cognate with Old Norse hvīna

SYNONYMS FOR whine
Related formswhin·er, nounwhin·ing·ly, adverbun·whin·ing, adjectiveun·whin·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confusedwine whine

Synonym study

2. See complain.

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British Dictionary definitions for unwhining

whine

/ (waɪn) /

noun

a long high-pitched plaintive cry or moan
a continuous high-pitched sound
a peevish complaint, esp one repeated

verb

to make a whine or utter in a whine
Derived Formswhiner, nounwhining, adjectivewhiningly, adverb

Word Origin for whine

Old English hwīnan; related to Old Norse hvīna, Swedish hvija to scream

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Word Origin and History for unwhining
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