\ ˈhwinj How to pronounce whinge (audio) , ˈwinj\
whinged; whinging or whingeing

Definition of whinge

intransitive verb

: to complain fretfully : whine

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Other Words from whinge

whinge noun, British

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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.

Examples of whinge in a Sentence

Quit whinging and get on with the job. People were whinging about the lack of service.

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Toddlers scream, children whinge and teenagers complain. Emma Baty, Redbook, "This Woman's Viral Post About Being a "Bad Mom" Is So Relatable," 23 May 2017 Toddlers scream, children whinge and teenagers complain. Emma Baty, Redbook, "This Woman's Viral Post About Being a "Bad Mom" Is So Relatable," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of whinge

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whinge

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

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English Language Learners Definition of whinge

British, informal : to complain in an annoying way

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