I could tell the way he was whining that he smelled the scent on the front steps.
Katherine, Daniel, and Nathan are quite unlikable people, stuck with one another, whining to their friends and family.
His whining about not getting enough time was a reminder of his petulant, entitled side.
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.).