[ hwinj, winj ]
/ ʰwɪndʒ, wɪndʒ /

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

to complain; whine.

Nearby words

  1. whin,
  2. whinchat,
  3. whine,
  4. whiney,
  5. whing-ding,
  6. whinner,
  7. whinny,
  8. whinstone,
  9. whiny,
  10. whio

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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British Dictionary definitions for whinging


/ (wɪndʒ) informal /

verb whinges, whingeing or whinged (intr)

to cry in a fretful way
to complain


a complaint
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 whinging



"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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