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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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Examples from the web for whined
  • 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.
  • The engines whined and groaned, trying to maintain stability.
  • She never whined or complained, never gave any indication of the annoyance she must have felt at times.
  • The parents crossed a creek, but the pup stopped and whined.
  • The grizzly yelped and whined until he was let down to the ground.
  • Surely not all the people who whined about them taking it in the first place.
  • The dog walked up to the still blazing fire and, looking in, whined.
British Dictionary definitions for whined


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 whined



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.).

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