verb \ˈhwīn, ˈwīn\

: to complain in an annoying way

: to make a high, crying sound

: to make a high and unpleasant sound that continues for a long time


Full Definition of WHINE

intransitive verb
a :  to utter a high-pitched plaintive or distressed cry
b :  to make a sound similar to such a cry <the wind whined in the chimney>
:  to complain with or as if with a whine <always whining about the weather>
:  to move or proceed with the sound of a whine <the bullet whined … across the ice — Berton Roueché>
transitive verb
:  to utter or express with or as if with a whine
whin·er noun
whin·ing·ly \ˈhwī-niŋ-lē, ˈwī-\ adverb

Examples of WHINE

  1. He's always whining about the weather.
  2. Quit whining and finish your dinner.
  3. I want to leave now, she whined.
  4. The workers were whining that the office was too cold.
  5. The dog was whining because it wanted to go out.
  6. The electric saw whined as it cut through the wood.

Origin of WHINE

Middle English, from Old English hwīnan to whiz; akin to Old Norse hvīna to whiz
First Known Use: 13th century



: a high and unpleasant sound that continues for a long time

Full Definition of WHINE

a :  a prolonged high-pitched cry usually expressive of distress or pain
b :  a sound resembling such a cry
:  a complaint uttered with or as if with a whine
whiny also whin·ey \ˈhwī-nē, ˈwī-\ adjective

Examples of WHINE

  1. the whine of a jet engine
  2. <the perennial whine that movies aren't as good as they used to be>

First Known Use of WHINE



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