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[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.
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verb (used with object), whined, whin·ing.
  1. to utter with or as if with a whine: I whined my litany of complaints.
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  1. a whining utterance, sound, or tone.
  2. 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
Related formswhin·er, nounwhin·ing·ly, adverbun·whin·ing, adjectiveun·whin·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedwine whine

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2. See complain.
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Related Words for whined

moan, grumble, wail, sob, bellyache, grouse, pule, carp, whimper, gripe, drone, repine, snivel, kick, murmur, yowl, howl, fuss, mewl

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Contemporary Examples of whined

Historical Examples of whined

  • The last words of his speech he whined out in a lackadaisical tone.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • The latter regarded him wistfully, started away, then returned and whined softly.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • He whined pleadingly, and scurried playfully in and out of the underbrush.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • It whined unsteadily a few moments then broke off completely.

  • "And that's how I'm fixed," whined Squeaking Henry in conclusion.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

British Dictionary definitions for whined


  1. a long high-pitched plaintive cry or moan
  2. a continuous high-pitched sound
  3. a peevish complaint, esp one repeated
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  1. to make a whine or utter in a whine
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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 whined



1630s, from whine (v.).

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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.

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