- The definition of a whine is a high-pitched sound.
An example of a whine is the sound a balloon makes as it deflates.
- To whine is to complain or make a high-pitched sound.
- An example of to whine is to get upset when you can’t find a good parking space.
- An example of to whine is to make a sound of complaint using your nose.
intransitive verbwhined, whining
- to utter a peevish, high-pitched, somewhat nasal sound, as in complaint, distress, or fear
- to make a prolonged, high-pitched sound like this
- to complain or beg in a childishly undignified way, as with a whine
Origin of whineMiddle English whinen ; from Old English hwinan, akin to Old Norse hvina ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wei-, to whiz, hiss from source whistle, whisper
- the act or sound of whining
- a complaint uttered in a whining tone
verbwhined whined, whin·ing, whines
- To produce a sustained, high-pitched, plaintive sound, as in pain, fear, or complaint.
- To complain or protest in a childish or annoying fashion: fans who are always whining about the poor officiating.
- To produce a sustained noise of high pitch: jet engines whining.
- The act of whining: the dog's whine for food.
- A whining sound: the whine of the dentist's drill.
- A complaint uttered in a sustained, high-pitched tone: decided to ignore the children's whines.
Origin of whineMiddle English whinen, from Old English hwīnan, to make a whizzing sound.
- whin′y, whin′ey
(third-person singular simple present whines, present participle whining, simple past and past participle whined)
- (intransitive) To utter a high-pitched cry.
- (intransitive) To make a sound resembling such a cry.
- The jet engines whined at take off.
- (intransitive) To complain or protest with a whine or as if with a whine.
- (intransitive) To move with a whining sound.
- The jet whined into the air.
- To utter with the sound of a whine.
- The child whined all his complaints.
- Kelly Queen was whining that the boss made him put on his tie.
From Middle English hwinen, whinen, from Old English hwÄ«nan (â€œto rush, to whizz, to squeal, to whineâ€) from Proto-Germanic *hwÄ«nanÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *á¸±wey- (â€œto hiss, whistle, whisperâ€). Cognate with Old Norse hvÃna, whence Icelandic hvÃna, Norwegian hvine, Swedish hvina and Danish hvine.