whiny

adjective \ ˈhwī-nē , ˈwī- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of whiny

whinier; whiniest
: 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

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

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WHINY Defined for Kids

whiny

adjective
variants: also whiney \ˈhwī-nē, ˈwī-\

Definition of whiny for Students

whinier; whiniest
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

Learn More about whiny

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of whiny


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