whine

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

Major corporate landlords will whine that the benefits for society come at the expense of a fraction of their profits. Bob Brownstein, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Why California should pass rent control legislation," 23 Aug. 2019 An impatient patron in an orange gingham shirt started whining—typical. Emma Allen, The New Yorker, "If Your Goldendoodle Is a Gastronome," 19 Aug. 2019 Not far away, Veruca Salt, from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was whining about not yet receiving a golden ticket. Michael Walsh, courant.com, "Hall High School Acting Students Assume Fictional Characters For A Day," 24 June 2019 Once again the NIMBYs are whining … this time about an airport that had been right out in the open for all prospective residents to see for coming up on 60 years! Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Identifying the unidentified flying objects; jeering socialism — or the definition of socialism (6/9/19)," 9 June 2019 Wages are growing, and corporations are whining about it. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "The Trump Economy," 25 July 2019 So many coaches across the country have vocally, for lack of a better word, whined about the transfer portal. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "This is Gus Malzahn’s plan to deal with Auburn players transferring," 19 July 2019 Conservatives will whine, but Colin Kaepernick was right to speak out and Nike was right to pull the products. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Colin Kaepernick convinces Nike to halt production of shoe with ‘offensive’ flag," 2 July 2019 Under the hood—in the same place as the IC engine in conventional Konas, right down to the bolt holes and mounting points—is an AC synchronous motor producing 150 kW (201 hp) and 393 Newton-meters (290 lb-ft) of softly whining torque. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Hyundai Kona Electric: Good EVs Are No Longer Shocking," 1 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bullets rattled on the streets and glanced off with ugly whines. Washington Post, "AP Was There: Allied forces liberate Paris from Nazis," 25 Aug. 2019 Then most of us wandered back to our tents to wait and listen for the whine of returning machines. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "A thawing Arctic is heating up a new Cold War," 21 Aug. 2019 The birds grow louder in the pines, the whine of insects audible. Jenna Russell, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Here I can be free’: Childhood burn survivors find a haven in Conn. summer camp," 10 Aug. 2019 The lights, blurred by rain, glowed eerily and took our attention, because sound was there too, a whipping whine, much louder than the music. Philip P. Ardery Jr., National Review, "Upon a Time in Woodstock," 10 Aug. 2019 If only Mars was warmer, wetter, more oxygen-y, the would-be Martians whine. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Headed to Mars? Pack Some Aerogel—You Know, for Terraforming," 15 July 2019 Paul Sauer spins his head like a hawk, standing on the roof of the Marine Air Terminal at La Guardia Airport, as jets whine and fume on the tarmac below. Andrew Blum, Time, "Inside the Weather Wars That May Threaten the Daily Forecast You Depend On," 27 June 2019 Her voice is innocence concealing a knife, an aria hijacked by a whine. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Did she swallow helium? Let's take the high-pitched comedy of Erica Rhodes seriously," 7 June 2019 Across the cavernous rocket factory, the buzz, whirr, and whine of various machinery never ebbed. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX reveals the controls of its Dragon spacecraft for the first time," 14 Aug. 2018

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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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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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