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[ wahyn, hwahyn ]
/ waɪn, ʰwaɪn /
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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.
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Origin of whine

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English verb whinen “to groan in pain or distress; make animal sounds, whimper, whinny, squeal,” Old English hwīnan (of an arrow) “to whiz, buzz, hum”; cognate with Old Norse hvīna, of imitative origin

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2. See complain.

OTHER WORDS FROM whine

whin·er, noun

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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