repine

verb
re·pine | \ ri-ˈpīn \
repined; repining; repines

Definition of repine 

intransitive verb

1 : to feel or express dejection or discontent : complain

2 : to long for something

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from repine

repiner noun

Did You Know?

In longing, one can "repine over" something ("repining over her lost past"), or one can "pine for" something. The two words, used thus, mean close to the same thing, but not exactly. "Pining" is intense longing for what one once knew. "Repine" adds an element of discontent to any longing - an element carried over from its first sense ("to feel or express dejection or discontent"), which has been in use since the 16th century. (Washington Irving used the first sense in his 1820 work The Sketch Book: "Through the long and weary day he repines at his unhappy lot.") "Pine" and "repine" are from Old English "pinian" ("to suffer") and probably ultimately from Latin poena ("punishment"). "Poena" also gave us our word pain.

Examples of repine in a Sentence

there is no use repining over a love that's been long lost

First Known Use of repine

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about repine

Listen to Our Podcast about repine

Statistics for repine

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for repine

The first known use of repine was in 1529

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on repine

See words that rhyme with repine

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for repine

Comments on repine

What made you want to look up repine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

alleviating pain or harshness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!