- 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.
- 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: Middle 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
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verb whined whined, whin·ing, whines verb, intransitive
- To utter a plaintive, high-pitched, protracted sound, as in pain, fear, supplication, or complaint.
- To complain or protest in a childish fashion.
- To produce a sustained noise of relatively high pitch: jet engines whining.
- The act of whining.
- A whining sound.
- A complaint uttered in a plaintive tone.
Origin: Middle English whinen, from Old English hwīnan, to make a whizzing sound.
- whinˈer noun
- whinˈing·ly adverb
- whinˈy, whinˈey adjective