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whinge

[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM whinge

whing·er, noun
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How to use whinge in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for whinge

whinge
/ (wɪndʒ) informal /

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