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WHINE, v.t. [L.] TO express murmurs by a plaintive cry; to moan with a puerile noise; to murmur meanly.
n. & v. --n. 1 a complaining long-drawn wail as of a dog. 2 a similar shrill prolonged sound. 3 a a querulous tone. b an instance of feeble or undignified complaining. --v. 1 intr. emit or utter a whine. 2 intr. complain in a querulous tone or in a feeble or undignified way. 3 tr. utter in a whining tone. Derivatives: whiner n. whiningly adv. whiny adj. (whinier, whiniest). Etymology: OE hwinan
Whine Whine, v. t. To utter or express plaintively, or in a mean, unmanly way; as, to whine out an excuse.
Whine Whine, n. A plaintive tone; the nasal, childish tone of mean complaint; mean or affected complaint.
Whine Whine, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Whined; p. pr. & vb. n. Whining.] [OE. whinen, AS. hw[=i]nan to make a whistling, whizzing sound; akin to Icel. hv[=i]na, Sw. hvina, Dan. hvine, and probably to G. wiehern to neigh, OHG. wih[=o]n, hweij[=o]n; perhaps of imitative origin. Cf. Whinny, v. i.] To utter a plaintive cry, as some animals; to moan with a childish noise; to complain, or to tell of sorrow, distress, or the like, in a plaintive, nasal tone; hence, to complain or to beg in a mean, unmanly way; to moan basely. ``Whining plovers.'' --Spenser. The hounds were . . . staying their coming, but with a whining accent, craving liberty. --Sir P. Sidney. Dost thou come here to whine? --Shak.
(whines, whining, whined) 1. If something or someone whines, they make a long, high-pitched noise, especially one which sounds sad or unpleasant. He could hear her dog barking and whining in the background... The engines whined. VERB: V, V • Whine is also a noun. ...the whine of air-raid sirens. N-COUNT: usu sing 2. If you say that someone is whining, you mean that they are complaining in an annoying way about something unimportant. They come to me to whine about their troubles. ...children who whine that they are bored... 'Why can't you tell me?' I whined... VERB: V about n/-ing, V that, V with quote [disapproval]
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