Advertisement12 results for: whinePronunciation Key - hwahyn, wahynwhined, whin·ing, noun –verb (used without object) 1.to utter a low, usually nasal, complaining cry or sound, as from uneasiness, discontent, peevishness, etc.: The puppies were whining from hunger. 2.to snivel or complain in a peevish, self-pitying way: He is always whining about his problems. –verb (used with object) 3.to utter with or as if with a whine: I whined my litany of complaints. –noun 4.a whining utterance, sound, or tone. 5.a feeble, peevish complaint.
[Origin: bef. 1150; ME whinen (v.), OE hwīnan to whiz; c. ON hvīna]
—Related forms whiner, noun whin·ing·ly, adverb
—Synonyms 1. moan, whimper. 2. See complain.Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
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- To utter a plaintive, high-pitched, protracted sound, as in pain, fear, supplication, or complaint.
- To complain or protest in a childish fashion.
- To produce a sustained noise of relatively high pitch: jet engines whining.