whinge

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verb \ˈhwinj, ˈwinj\

Definition of whinge

whinged

;

whinging

or

whingeing

British

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to complain fretfully :  whine

whinge

noun, British

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Examples of whinge in a Sentence

  1. Quit whinging and get on with the job.

  2. People were whinging about the lack of service.

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Did You Know?

Whinge isn't just a spelling variant of "whine." "Whinge" and "whine" are actually entirely different words with separate histories. "Whine" traces to an Old English verb, "hwinan," which means "to make a humming or whirring sound." When "hwinan" became "whinen" in Middle English, it meant "to wail distressfully"; "whine" didn't acquire its "complain" sense until the 16th century. "Whinge," on the other hand, comes from a different Old English verb, "hwinsian," which means "to wail or moan discontentedly." "Whinge" retains that original sense today, though nowadays it puts less emphasis on the sound of the complaining and more on the discontentment behind the complaint.

Origin and Etymology of whinge

Middle English *whingen, from Old English hwinsian; akin to Old High German winsōn to moan


WHINGE Defined for English Language Learners

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verb

Definition of whinge for English Language Learners

  • : to complain in an annoying way



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