Definitions for: Whine


[n] a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way
[v] complain whiningly
[v] talk in a tearful manner
[v] move with a whining sound; "The bullets were whining past us"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


Whine, v. t.
To utter or express plaintively, or in a mean, unmanly way;
as, to whine out an excuse.


Whine, n.
A plaintive tone; the nasal, childish tone of mean complaint;
mean or affected complaint.

Synonyms: grizzle, whimper, yammer, yawp

See Also: complain, complaint, go, kick, kvetch, locomote, mouth, move, plain, quetch, sound off, speak, talk, travel, utter, verbalise, verbalize

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