\ ˈ(h)wī-nē How to pronounce whiny (audio) \
variants: or less commonly whiney
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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiny. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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