- 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 hwīnan (“to rush, to whizz, to squeal, to whine”) from Proto-Germanic *hwīnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱwey- (“to hiss, whistle, whisper”). Cognate with Old Norse hvína, whence Icelandic hvína, Norwegian hvine, Swedish hvina and Danish hvine.