whiny

adjective
\ ˈhwī-nē , ˈwī- \
whinier; whiniest

Definition of whiny 

: characterized by whining:

a : having a high-pitched, shrill or plaintive quality a whiny voice "So What'cha Want," despite its jittery organ, whiny guitar, and distorted vocals, turned out to be one of the least predictable-sounding hit singles of recent years. —Alan Light

b : characterized by or given to complaining whiny children Their whiny, even beggarly tone was hardly the supremely confident sound of the American Century. —Sidney Blumenthal … offering little more than a whiny list of grievances … —Linda Chavez In this conversational memoir, Nancy comes across as honest, if a little whiny, and a major-league worrier. —Ilene Cooper

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whininess noun
A few years ago, thirtysomething was widely reviled for encouraging the yuppie ethos of materialism and whininess. —Mark Harris … I heard something, a certain whininess in his voice, maybe, that led me to conclude that I wasn't about to get a pasting … —Nick Hornby

First Known Use of whiny

1746, in the meaning defined above

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whiny

adjective
variants: also whiney \ˈhwī-nē, ˈwī- \
whinier; whiniest

Kids Definition of whiny

1 : having a tendency to whine “Look, is there anything we can say without it thundering?” I sounded whiny, even to myself … —Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

2 : characterized by whining whiny complaints

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