[ winj, hwinj ]

verb (used without object),whinged, whing·ing.British and Australian Informal.

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

Other words from whinge

  • whing·er, noun

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How to use whinge in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for whinge


/ (wɪndʒ) informal /

verbwhinges, whingeing or whinged (intr)
  1. to cry in a fretful way

  2. to complain

  1. a complaint

Origin of whinge

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

Derived forms of whinge

  • whingeing, noun, adjective
  • whinger, noun

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