You would not have liked to see me pine away, grow white, and lie coughing on the sofa like poor mother.
My mother will not pine away if you will leave her alone for at least three hours a day.
There was a man got married, and he began to pine away, and after a few weeks the mother asked him what ailed him.
Anon she dreams of going into a nunnery,—“to pine away and die.”
But he might pine away and die silently—as many thousands die—of blighted hopes and a ruined life.
"But he may pine away and die if he is penned up inprison," said the king.
She gnaws at the Locust, without undue persistence, and then withdraws, leaving the torpid patient to pine away.
As to my welfare, do not pine away with worrying about that.
I mean, Ben, that if you aren't so obliging as to marry me, I'll pine away and die a lovelorn death.
They are also apt to pine away and die just at the point of reaching maturity.
"coniferous tree," Old English pin (in compounds), from Old French pin and directly from Latin pinus "pine, pine-tree, fir-tree," perhaps in reference to the sap or pitch, from PIE *peie- "to be fat, swell" (see fat (adj.)). Cf. Sanskrit pituh "juice, sap, resin," pitudaruh "pine tree," Greek pitys "pine tree." Also cf. pitch (n.1). Pine-top "cheap illicit whiskey," first recorded 1858, Southern U.S. slang. Pine-needle (n.) attested from 1866.
Old English pinian "to torture, torment, afflict, cause to suffer," from *pine "pain, torture, punishment," possibly ultimately from Latin poena "punishment, penalty," from Greek poine (see penal). A Latin word borrowed into Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch pinen, Old High German pinon, German Pein, Old Norse pina) with Christianity. Intransitive sense of "to languish, waste away," the main modern meaning, is first recorded early 14c. Related: Pined; pining.