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[hwahy-nee, wahy-] /ˈʰwaɪ ni, ˈwaɪ-/
adjective, whinier, whiniest.
complaining; fretful; cranky:
The baby is whiny because he missed his nap.
Also, whiney.
Origin of whiny
1850-55; whine + -y1
Related forms
whininess, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for whiny


adjective whinier, whiniest
high-pitched and plaintive
peevish; complaining
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