or whin·ey

[hwahy-nee, wahy-]

adjective, whin·i·er, whin·i·est.

complaining; fretful; cranky: The baby is whiny because he missed his nap.

Origin of whiny

First recorded in 1850–55; whine + -y1
Related formswhin·i·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of whiny

  • He is one of those dogs that look scratchy and whiny at the first glance.

  • The woman was reading in a whiny, excited drawl: "'One thousand dollars reward for——'"

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    Samuel A. Derieux

  • Near the counter where the food was served out one of the cooks swore interminably in a whiny sing-sing voice.

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    John Dos Passos

  • She does get into whiny states, and is regularly tiresome; and the more you notice her, the worse she is.

  • In contrast to his size, which was considerable, this Judge Priest had a voice that was high and whiny.

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    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for whiny


adjective whinier or whiniest

high-pitched and plaintive
peevish; complaining
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