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whiny

[hwahy-nee, wahy-] /ˈʰwaɪ ni, ˈwaɪ-/
adjective, whinier, whiniest.
1.
complaining; fretful; cranky:
The baby is whiny because he missed his nap.
Also, whiney.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; whine + -y1
Related forms
whininess, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for whiny

whiny

/ˈwaɪnɪ/
adjective whinier, whiniest
1.
high-pitched and plaintive
2.
peevish; complaining
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