- 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
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Examples from the Web for whine
Anyone going through Prozac Nation can certainly find plenty of callow moments when Wurtzel does whine.Thank You, Elizabeth Wurtzel: ‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20
July 31, 2014
But no matter, we are allergic and getting more allergic, hear us roar (and sniffle and whine and hack).Blame Climate Change for Your Terrible Seasonal Allergies
May 14, 2014
They whine that the movie is just a parade of liberals mocking conservatives.Why the Right Is Bashing My Muslim Comedy Movie
September 22, 2013
If Obama persuaded Assad to step down and move to Siberia, the critics would still find something to whine about.The Right’s Sickening Syria Spin
September 16, 2013
“You can whine all you want about free sites and pirated content,” he said.Free Porn Is Threatening the Adult Industry. Here Are Five Ways to Save It.
September 9, 2013
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.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
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.The Floating Island of Madness
Had you succumbed to the blows of fate with a whine of texts upon your lips?The Tavern Knight
- 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 and History for whine
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.
1630s, from whine (v.).