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[pahyn] /paɪn/
verb (used without object), pined, pining.
to yearn deeply; suffer with longing; long painfully (often followed by for):
to pine for one's home and family.
to fail gradually in health or vitality from grief, regret, or longing (often followed by away):
Separated by their families, the lovers pined away.
Archaic. to be discontented; fret.
verb (used with object), pined, pining.
Archaic. to suffer grief or regret over.
Archaic. painful longing.
Origin of pine2
before 900; Middle English pinen to torture, torment, inflict pain, be in pain; Old English pīnian to torture, derivative of pīn torture (Middle English pine) < Late Latin pēna, Latin poena punishment. See pain
1. See yearn. 2. dwindle, decline, languish, droop, waste. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pining
  • And still others spend their days pining for the one that got away, thinking of new and creative ways to woo her.
  • The oil companies want it, pining for clarity so that they can safely increase production.
  • So, they in essence ignored the real evidence and were pining away for evidence that didn't exist.
  • The rider really tries to settle down to ranching, but finds himself pining for the rodeo.
  • As ruler, he was stuck there, pining for the jollity of the old days.
  • Even at low prices, they languish on the market, pining for buyers who can afford the taxes.
  • Driving down the fairway, hitting a bump and pining into the rough.
  • If you ever spent a restless self-questioning summer trapped at home, pining to be older.
  • If you're pining for a pie, several restaurants can serve you.
  • But that tale of star-crossed teenage lovers may seem to leave out all those boys pining for their bunkmate across the barracks.
British Dictionary definitions for pining


any evergreen resinous coniferous tree of the genus Pinus, of the N hemisphere, with long needle-shaped leaves and brown cones: family Pinaceae See also longleaf pine, nut pine, pitch pine, Scots pine
any other tree or shrub of the family Pinaceae
the wood of any of these trees
any of various similar but unrelated plants, such as ground pine and screw pine
Word Origin
Old English pīn, from Latin pīnus pine


(intransitive; often foll by for or an infinitive) to feel great longing or desire; yearn
(intransitive) often foll by away. to become ill, feeble, or thin through worry, longing, etc
(transitive) (archaic) to mourn or grieve for
Word Origin
Old English pīnian to torture, from pīn pain, from Medieval Latin pēna, from Latin poenapain


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Word Origin and History for pining



"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.

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