whine

[ hwahyn, wahyn ]
/ ʰwaɪn, waɪn /

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.

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Origin of whine

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

synonym study for whine

2. See complain.

OTHER WORDS FROM whine

whiner, nounwhin·ing·ly, adverbun·whin·ing, adjectiveun·whin·ing·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH whine

wine, whine .
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British Dictionary definitions for whine

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 forms of whine

whiner, nounwhining, adjectivewhiningly, adverb

Word Origin for whine

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