intransitive verbre·pined, re·pin·ing, re·pines
- To be discontented or low in spirits; complain or fret.
- To yearn after something: Immigrants who repined for their homeland.
Origin of repineMiddle English repinen, to be aggrieved : re-, re- + pinen, to yearn; see pine2.
(third-person singular simple present repines, present participle repining, simple past and past participle repined)
Believed to have been formed (with uncertainty, due to the unusual formation) as re- +â€Ž pine, with the verb (first attested in 1529) giving rise to the noun (first attested in 1593); compare the Middle English verb repinen, which may be related.