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[hwahyn, wahyn] /ʰwaɪn, waɪn/
verb (used without object), whined, whining.
to utter a low, usually nasal, complaining cry or sound, as from uneasiness, discontent, peevishness, etc.:
The puppies were whining from hunger.
to snivel or complain in a peevish, self-pitying way:
He is always whining about his problems.
verb (used with object), whined, whining.
to utter with or as if with a whine:
I whined my litany of complaints.
a whining utterance, sound, or tone.
a feeble, peevish complaint.
Origin of whine
before 1150; Middle English whinen (v.), Old English hwīnan to whiz; cognate with Old Norse hvīna
Related forms
whiner, noun
whiningly, adverb
unwhining, adjective
unwhiningly, adverb
Can be confused
wine, whine.
1. moan, whimper. 2. See complain. Unabridged
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  • He heard the faithful creature moan and whine round him and lie down by his side.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • With a whine of remonstrance it swung wider, and Crane stepped out on the sidewalk.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • The silence was broken by the zip-zip of rifles, the roar of guns, and the whine of shells as they flew towards our lines.

  • "I only pulled the bilberries," interposed Jamie, in a whine which went off in a howl.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • A hum and a whine and then a shrill whistle which went up in pitch until it wasn't anything at all.

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for whine


a long high-pitched plaintive cry or moan
a continuous high-pitched sound
a peevish complaint, esp one repeated
to make a whine or utter in a whine
Derived Forms
whiner, noun
whining, adjective
whiningly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English hwīnan; related to Old Norse hvīna, Swedish hvija to scream
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Word Origin and History for whine

Old English hwinan "to whiz or whistle through the air" (only of arrows), also hwinsian "to whine" (of dogs), ultimately of imitative origin (cf. Old Norse hvina "to whiz," German wiehern "to neigh"). Meaning "to complain in a feeble way" is first recorded 1520s. Related: Whined; whining.


1630s, from whine (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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