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[hwinj, winj]
verb (used without object), whinged, whing·ing. British and Australian Informal.
  1. to complain; whine.
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Origin of whinge

before 1150; dial. (Scots, N England), earlier Scots quhynge, Old English hwinsian (not recorded in ME); cognate with Old High German winsōn (German winseln); derivative of Germanic base of whine
Related formswhing·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for whinger

Historical Examples of whinger

  • Whinger, "a short hanger, used as a knife at meals, and as a sword in broils."

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • For a naked man is no match for a man with a whinger, and he was sitting on my clothes.

    A Monk of Fife

    Andrew Lang

  • But I carried no whinger on the links, as considering that it hampered a man in his play.

    A Monk of Fife

    Andrew Lang

  • Therewith he clapped his hand upon the priest's hand wherein the whinger was, and took this from him.

  • The tyrant came to him, and with the poor caitiff's own whinger first struck him in the breast, and afterwards cast it at him.

British Dictionary definitions for whinger


verb whinges, whingeing or whinged (intr)
  1. to cry in a fretful way
  2. to complain
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  1. a complaint
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Derived Formswhingeing, 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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Word Origin and History for whinger



"to complain peevishly," British, informal or dialectal, ultimately from the northern form of Old English hwinsian, from Proto-Germanic *khwinisojan (cf. Old High German winison, German winseln), from root of Old English hwinan "to whine" (see whine (v.)). Related: Whinged; whinging.

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