whine

[hwahyn, wahyn]
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verb (used without object), whined, whin·ing.
  1. to utter a low, usually nasal, complaining cry or sound, as from uneasiness, discontent, peevishness, etc.: The puppies were whining from hunger.
  2. to snivel or complain in a peevish, self-pitying way: He is always whining about his problems.
verb (used with object), whined, whin·ing.
  1. to utter with or as if with a whine: I whined my litany of complaints.
noun
  1. a whining utterance, sound, or tone.
  2. a feeble, peevish complaint.

Origin of whine

before 1150; Middle English whinen (v.), Old English hwīnan to whiz; cognate with Old Norse hvīna
Related formswhin·er, nounwhin·ing·ly, adverbun·whin·ing, adjectiveun·whin·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedwine whine

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Synonym study

2. See complain.
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Historical Examples of whine

  • With a whine of remonstrance it swung wider, and Crane stepped out on the sidewalk.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • "I only pulled the bilberries," interposed Jamie, in a whine which went off in a howl.

  • Catholics don't pray, Henry; they whine; and I've no use for whinin'.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • There was not a sound save the whine of the wind in the wires as the plane sped on.

  • Had you succumbed to the blows of fate with a whine of texts upon your lips?

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for whine

whine

noun
  1. a long high-pitched plaintive cry or moan
  2. a continuous high-pitched sound
  3. a peevish complaint, esp one repeated
verb
  1. 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 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.

n.

1630s, from whine (v.).

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