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[hwinj, winj] /ʰwɪndʒ, wɪndʒ/
verb (used without object), whinged, whinging. British and Australian Informal.
to complain; whine.
Origin of whinge
before 1150; dial. (Scots, N England), earlier Scots quhynge, Old English hwinsian (not recorded in ME); cognate with Old High German winsōn (German winseln); derivative of Germanic base of whine
Related forms
whinger, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for whinge
  • People that whinge hardly ever benefit any good cause.
  • They whinge on about not being able to do their job cos of paperwork.
  • They didn't live up to all the high expectations, didn't make spaceflight as routine as catching a bus, the critics will whinge.
British Dictionary definitions for whinge


verb (intransitive) whinges, whingeing, whinged
to cry in a fretful way
to complain
a complaint
Derived Forms
whingeing, noun, adjective
whinger, noun
Word Origin
from a Northern variant of Old English hwinsian to whine; related to Old High German winsan, winisan, whence Middle High German winsen
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Word Origin and History for whinge

"to complain peevishly," British, informal or dialectal, ultimately from the northern form of Old English hwinsian, from Proto-Germanic *khwinisojan (cf. Old High German winison, German winseln), from root of Old English hwinan "to whine" (see whine (v.)). Related: Whinged; whinging.

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