- To complain is to express your dissatisfaction or to indicate that you have an illness.
- An example of complain is when you tell a restaurant they gave you poor service because your food was cold.
- An example of complain is when you say you have a headache.
A man complains about his food.
- to claim or express pain, displeasure, etc.
- to find fault; declare annoyance
- to make an accusation; bring a formal charge
Origin of complainMiddle English compleinen ; from Old French complaindre ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form complangere, origin, originally , to beat the breast ; from Classical Latin com-, intensive + plangere, to strike: see plaint
intransitive verbcom·plained, com·plain·ing, com·plains
- To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
- To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge; file a complaint.
Origin of complainMiddle English compleinen, from Old French complaindre, complaign-, from Vulgar Latin *complangere : Latin com-, intensive pref.; see com– + Latin plangere, to lament; see plāk-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present complains, present participle complaining, simple past and past participle complained)
- (intransitive) To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
- Joe was always complaining about the noise made by his neighbours.
- (intransitive) To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge.
- They've complained about me to the police again.
- To creak or squeak, as a timber or wheel.
- the complaining bed-springs