Definition of whinge in English:

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Pronunciation: /(h)winj/
British informal

verb (whinges, whingeing or whinging, whinged)

[no object]
Complain persistently and in a peevish or irritating way: stop whingeing and get on with it!
More example sentences
  • Ok, time to stop whingeing, moaning and complaining about my life, cause its not that bad.
  • It sounds like too much bitching, moaning, whingeing and whining.
  • In truth, I think I was set to do a good grumpy and moanful act, complaining and whingeing about the invasion.


An act of complaining.
Example sentences
  • Can't for the life of me conjure up a complaint or a whinge, nothing to rant about.
  • As best I can deduce from reading Paul's repetitive whinges, his main gripe seems to be the adverse impact of labour market practices like casualisation, downsizing and outsourcing on GenXers like himself.
  • Basically, it is the old whinge, whine, grizzle, and groan.



Example sentences
  • They, whingeingly pointing out that he is at heart a country boy, who desires nothing more than to be relieved of his military duties and return to his farm to look after his cattle.
  • Lacking dynamics or control, he manages a tune - but he manages it weedily, whingeingly and, sadly, completely indistinguishably from the hordes of similar dewy, forlornsome boys wandering our wastelands.
  • Morris is whingeingly self-justifying and at odds with himself.


Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)winjər/
Example sentences
  • More evidence that our business leaders are simply whingers and moaners: New Zealand has maintained its third place ranking in the annual Economic Freedom of the World report.
  • Fred said: ‘This is typical of the Worsley whingers who complain about everything.’
  • Let all keep it up and hope that the carpers and whingers will see the light and come on board.


Pronunciation: /-jē/
Example sentences
  • And it's full of all those sheitgeist phrases like compassion inflation, and it doubtless drones on and on in quite a whingy way about victim culture, and how terribly unfair it is.
  • That if she's whingy and clingy, then I'm whingy and clingy.
  • In general, he's happy enough in himself - a bit whingy but otherwise playing happily, stopping for a hacking cough every now and then.


Late Old English hwinsian, of Germanic origin; related to German winseln; compare with whine.

Words that rhyme with whinge

binge, cringe, fringe, hinge, impinge, singe, springe, swinge, syringe, tinge, twinge

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Syllabification: whinge

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