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or whin·ey

[hwahy-nee, wahy-]
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adjective, whin·i·er, whin·i·est.
  1. complaining; fretful; cranky: The baby is whiny because he missed his nap.
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Origin of whiny

First recorded in 1850–55; whine + -y1
Related formswhin·i·ness, noun
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adjective whinier or whiniest
  1. high-pitched and plaintive
  2. peevish; complaining
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Word Origin and History for whiney


also whiny, from whine + -y (2).

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