whiny

or whin·ey

[ hwahy-nee, wahy- ]
/ ˈʰwaɪ ni, ˈwaɪ- /
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adjective, whin·i·er, whin·i·est.

complaining; fretful; cranky: The baby is whiny because he missed his nap.

Nearby words

  1. whing-ding,
  2. whinge,
  3. whinner,
  4. whinny,
  5. whinstone,
  6. whio,
  7. whip,
  8. whip graft,
  9. whip hand,
  10. whip in

Origin of whiny

First recorded in 1850–55; whine + -y1

Related formswhin·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for whiney

whiny

/ (ˈwaɪnɪ) /

adjective whinier or whiniest

high-pitched and plaintive
peevish; complaining
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Word Origin and History for whiney

whiney

adj.

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

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