Definition of whine in English:


Syllabification: whine
Pronunciation: /(h)wīn


  • 1A long, high-pitched complaining cry: the dog gave a small whine
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    • While in captivity, they are very vocal, uttering high-pitched whines and howls, rasping growls.
    • Despite Tim's whines and complaints, his grandfather remained firm and decided upon his choice.
    • You can bitch and whine all you want, it's no use.
    whimper, cry, mewl, howl, yowl
  • 1.1A long, high-pitched unpleasant sound: the whine of the engine
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    • You can quite easily cut down high pitch whines by using sound insulation in cases like Akasa's Pax Mate, which works pretty well.
    • In both the older and newer segments, the mix has some type of background noise, from crackling to hissing to buzzing to high-pitched whines.
    • I would compare it with the whine of an aircraft engine, obliterating the sounds of nature.
    hum, drone
  • 1.2A complaining tone of voice.
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    • ‘I understand that,’ Anna protested, a hint of a whine in her voice.
    • ‘I don't want to move,’ Leigh complained with a small whine in her voice.
    • They dream of a return to that now vanished golden era when a Northern stand-up comedian with a trade-mark whine for a voice led the party.
  • 1.3A feeble or petulant complaint: a constant whine about the quality of public services
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    • Castor shook them both vigorously and they protested with petulant whines and complaining moans.
    • The petulant whine made it easy to identify Faunella as the speaker.
    • The next five and a half hours were filled with whines and complaints, courtesy of Courtney.


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  • 1Give or make a long, high-pitched complaining cry or sound: the dog whined and scratched at the back door
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    • When the rescuers returned, the sniffer dog whined, indicating it detected the smell of a corpse.
    • In the house by the beach a dog whines and scratches the door.
    • Kit's voice whined sharply, reminding Alan that he still hadn't answered Kit's question.
  • 1.1 [reporting verb] Complain in a feeble or petulant way: [no object]: the waitress whined about the increased work [with direct speech]: “What about him?” he whined
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    • Tristyn whined her complaint as he once more changed the channel to the infamous movie.
    • Of course the Republicans bitch and moan and whine about ‘class warfare’ whenever the discussion points to how they exploit the weak.
    • The way he practically whined it made me smile and eventually I began to giggle.



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  • Don't let the whiners take this away from you or from the people of Iraq.
  • Quite frankly, there are a whole wagon-load of whiners here.
  • Those people, we hate to tell you, are just lazy whiners.


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  • Ant was all for walking through the dusk-lit streets to the pub, but Rich, exhausted both physically and emotionally, whiningly convinced his brother that they should get a tram.


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  • She is a teenage girl and they tend to be somewhat melodramatic, whiny and petulant.
  • I no longer wanted to be the crabby, whiny, self-destructive person I had become.
  • Seeing him whiny and peevish in the first debate was a huge anti-climax.


Old English hwīnan 'whistle through the air', related to whinge. The noun dates from the mid 17th century.

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