whine

verb
\ ˈ(h)wīn How to pronounce whine (audio) \
whined; whining

Definition of whine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to complain with or as if with a whine always whining about the weather
3 : 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

whine

noun

Definition of whine (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a prolonged high-pitched cry usually expressive of distress or pain
b : a sound resembling such a cry
2 : a complaint uttered with or as if with a whine

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Other Words from whine

Verb

whiner noun

Examples of whine in a Sentence

Verb He's always whining about the weather. Quit whining and finish your dinner. “I want to leave now,” she whined. The workers were whining that the office was too cold. The dog was whining because it wanted to go out. The electric saw whined as it cut through the wood. Noun the whine of a jet engine the perennial whine that movies aren't as good as they used to be
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The characters whine and fuss, although thankfully not to grotesque Caillou-esque excess. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 24 May 2021 Not just squeaky-wheelers in their district who have them on speed-dial and whine each time the wind shifts. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 19 May 2021 One in a series of adult coloring books from this indie publisher, this one devoted to wine and whine. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2021 The time to whine about this would have been months ago, not coming down the stretch when the team is blowing one opportunity after another (Oklahoma City ... Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 14 Apr. 2021 Fessy is left alone in the volcano to whine like a petulant child. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, 8 Apr. 2021 But will kids whine about it (other than for their own Yes Day)? Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2021 And readers still gush — and whine — on book forums and reading sites about that witchy ending. Hillary Kelly, Vulture, 25 Feb. 2021 Maybe the opening scene is etched into your neural network too, the ’80s synth chords rising portentously as the Tomcats whine their way into position on the flight deck. Sarah Fallon, Wired, 23 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Johnson also focused on bringing out Monroe’s vocals, which were much lower and subtler than her traditional high-lonesome whine. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 29 Apr. 2021 The blower whine from the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat's 710-hp supercharged V-8 is the official soundtrack of ass kicking. Austin Irwin And Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 22 Mar. 2021 The dog may not continually bark, whine or pace while the handler is out of sight. Iris Katz, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 20 Mar. 2021 Traditionalists whine, but ask the crybabies to show you the umpire cards in their vast baseball card collection. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Mar. 2021 Her 2013 album, Pushin’ Against a Stone was her breakthrough, establishing the singer’s distinctive country-blues whine as a vital voice in contemporary roots music. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 11 Mar. 2021 The whine of her treadmill, maybe, or the thuds and murmurs of apartment life in Macomb County, Mich. Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2021 The recording, captured 1 day after landing by an on-board microphone, features the whine of the rover, followed by a gust of martian wind drumming gently against the microphone. Catherine Matacic, Science | AAAS, 22 Feb. 2021 Schmidt's Kitty is a robotic pet, one of a new breed of electronic cats and dogs that can pant, yawn, whine and wag; some even have an audible heartbeat. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 16 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of whine

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for whine

Verb

Middle English, from Old English hwīnan to whiz; akin to Old Norse hvīna to whiz

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The first known use of whine was in the 13th century

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31 May 2021

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“Whine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whine. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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whine

verb

English Language Learners Definition of whine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

whine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whine (Entry 2 of 2)

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

whine

verb
\ ˈhwīn How to pronounce whine (audio) , ˈwīn \
whined; whining

Kids Definition of whine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make a high-pitched troubled cry or a similar sound He was so eager to join her I could hear him whining as he swam.— Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
2 : to complain by or as if by whining "I always get blamed," she whined.

Other Words from whine

whiner \ ˈhwī-​nər , ˈwī-​ \ noun

whine

noun

Kids Definition of whine (Entry 2 of 2)

: a high-pitched troubled or complaining cry or sound

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