[ winj, hwinj ]
/ wɪndʒ, ʰwɪndʒ /
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verb (used without object), whinged, whing·ing.British and Australian Informal.
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Origin of whinge

First recorded before 1150; dialectal Scots, North England, earlier Scots quhynge, Old English hwinsian (not recorded in Middle English ); cognate with Old High German winsōn (German winseln ); derivative of Germanic base of whine


whing·er, noun

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What does whinge mean?

Whinge means to complain or whine.

Whinge is primarily used in the U.K. and Australia.

Like whine, whinge can mean to make a whining noise (often as part of complaining), or to complain with such a tone, or simply to complain in a way that’s considered annoying. When you say that someone’s whinging, you’re criticizing them because they’re complaining in an annoying way, especially about something minor.

Whinge can also be used as a noun referring to a complaint, but this use is much less common than its verb sense.

The variant spelling winge is primarily used in Australia.

Example: John’s mother told him not to whinge about having to spend time with his relatives.

Where does whinge come from?

The first records of the word whinge come from before 1150. The word comes from the Old English word hwinsian, meaning “to whine” (the word whine is related).

The word whinge can indicate that such complaining is being done in a whiny voice, but more often it simply implies that the complaining is unnecessary or too frequent. The word whinge is often followed by the word about and the thing being complained about, as in Please stop whinging about having to go to work—I wish I had a job!

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What are some other forms related to whinge?

  • winge (variant spelling)
  • whinging (continuous tense verb, noun)
  • whinger (noun)

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How is whinge used in real life?

Whinge is informal. It’s always used negatively.



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Is whinge used correctly in the following sentence?

It’s no use sitting there whinging—get up and do something about it!

How to use whinge in a sentence

  • People whinging in front of courthouses about “personal liberties” that actually haven’t existed since the 1970s should have been told to kick rocks.

  • You crossed her last wish in death and yet you sulk with me because I don't whinge like some hired mute from Lalouette's.

    Ulysses|James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for whinge

/ (wɪndʒ) informal /

verb whinges, whingeing or whinged (intr)
to cry in a fretful way
to complain
a complaint

Derived forms of whinge

whingeing, noun, adjectivewhinger, noun

Word Origin for whinge

from a Northern variant of Old English hwinsian to whine; related to Old High German winsan, winisan, whence Middle High German winsen
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