whine

[hwahyn, wahyn]
verb (used without object), whined, whining.
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), whined, whining.
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:
before 1150; Middle English whinen (v.), Old English hwīnan to whiz; cognate with Old Norse hvīna

whiner, noun
whiningly, adverb
unwhining, adjective
unwhiningly, adverb

wine, whine.


1. moan, whimper. 2. See complain.
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whine (waɪn)
 
n
1.  a long high-pitched plaintive cry or moan
2.  a continuous high-pitched sound
3.  a peevish complaint, esp one repeated
 
vb
4.  to make a whine or utter in a whine
 
[Old English hwīnan; related to Old Norse hvīna, Swedish hvija to scream]
 
'whiner
 
n
 
'whining
 
adj
 
'whiningly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

whine
O.E. hwinan "to whiz or whistle through the air" (only of arrows), also hwinsian "to whine" (of dogs), ultimately of imitative origin (cf. O.N. hvina "to whiz," Ger. wiehern "to neigh"). Meaning "to complain in a feeble way" is first recorded 1530. The noun is from 1633. The northern form of O.E. hwinsian
survives in dial. whinge "to complain peevishly."
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Example sentences
They may not have whined about it later, and if not they should be commended
  for accepting it as something to have been expected.
It got so bad that anytime anyone was eating she begged and whined.
Students whined about the quality at each and every one.
Sometimes, in those all-gal powwows over those endless brunches, they whined
  about it.
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