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whine

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Pronunciation: /wʌɪn
 
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Definition of whine in English:

noun

1A long, high-pitched complaining cry: the dog gave a small whine
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1A long, high-pitched unpleasant sound: the whine of the engine
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.2A complaining tone of voice: there was a hint of a whine in Anna’s voice
More example sentences
  • ‘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
More example sentences
  • 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.

verb

[no object] Back to top  
1Give or make a long, high-pitched complaining cry or sound: the dog whined and scratched at the back door (as adjective whining) a whining voice
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1 [reporting verb] Complain in a feeble or petulant way: [no object]: she began to whine about how hard she had been forced to work [with direct speech]: ‘My legs ache,’ he whined
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

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  • Old English hwīnan meant ‘whistle through the air’; it is related to late Old English whinge (hwinsian) and German winseln.

Derivatives

whiner

1
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

whiningly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

whiny

3
(also whiney) adjective (whinier, whiniest)
Example sentences
  • 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.

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