Definition of complain in English:
- She said local people had complained bitterly about the lack of notice for the plan to extend the deadline by a year.
- Mrs Owen complained to an attendant but was dissatisfied with the response.
- He complained to the local authority about the noises and smells from his neighbour's farm.
- I yelled while the muscles on my body were complaining with great strain.
- As if to torment them further, the steps creaked, complaining with each step they made loud enough to wake the dead.
- After two years of being asked to do nothing more than growl and yip, my voice-box complained at the strain of speech.
- She suffered a cut to her ankle and also complained of a whiplash-like pain.
- So, when a child complains of back pain, one has to act fast and go for a thorough investigation.
- With no real operation having taken place, the patient does not feel any pain, complains of no scars, and can walk home immediately afterwards.
- Example sentences
- It merely brands you as the department's top grumbler, grouch and complainer.
- How do you handle persistent complainers or moaners effectively?
- It seems that it is the complainers and grumblers who express their opinions.
- complainingly adverb
- Example sentences
- We are accustomed to governments not doing what we elect them to do, so we carry on uncomplainingly (or complainingly in my case) without demanding answers from our elected representative.
- The rich moved complainingly into well-fortified hotels, and the police and firemen helped themselves to the contents of bombed or abandoned homes.
- She is calling attention to her clothes, complainingly.
Late Middle English: from Old French complaindre, from medieval Latin complangere 'bewail', from Latin com- (expressing intensive force) + plangere 'to lament'.
plaintive from Late Middle English:
Plaintive comes via Old French plainte ‘lamentation’, from Latin plangere ‘to beat, lament’. The legal plaintiff (Late Middle English) is the same word used as a noun. Plangere also gives us Late Middle English complain (the com- being emphatic), and plangent (early 19th century).
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