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whining

[ wahy-ning, hwahy- ]
/ ˈwaɪ nɪŋ, ˈʰwaɪ- /
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adjective
uttering a nasal, complaining cry, as from peevishness, discontent, uneasiness, etc.: If there’s one sound that makes me want to tear my ears off, it’s the sound of a whining tomcat.Our daughter has grown from a whining child on the first day of playgroup to one who asks to go even on Saturdays.
complaining in a petulant, self-pitying way: Those whining people who blame everyone and think everyone is against them need to grow up.
making or being a drawn-out, high-pitched sound: In courtship, the male of the white-eyed vireo displays to the female by fluffing its plumage, spreading its tail, and uttering a whining call.
noun
the act or habit of crying or complaining in a peevish way: Can I give you a bit more work today if I have to, and not get any whining from you?
the act of making a drawn-out, high-pitched sound: A few hours later the whining of a chainsaw began.
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Origin of whining

whin(e) + -ing2 for the adjective senses; whin(e) + -ing1 for the noun senses

OTHER WORDS FROM whining

whin·ing·ly, adverbun·whin·ing, adjectiveun·whin·ing·ly, adverb

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