- to whine
- to complain
Origin of whingeOld English hwinsian ; from Germanic an unverified form hwinis?jan
intransitive verbwhinged, whing·ing, whing·es Chiefly British
Origin of whingeDialectal alteration of Middle English whinsen, from Old English hwinsian.
- (UK, Australia, New Zealand) A cry.
- (UK, Australia, New Zealand) A complaint.
(third-person singular simple present whinges, present participle whinging or whingeing, simple past and past participle whinged)
From Middle English whinsen, from Old English hwinsian (“to whine"), from Proto-Germanic *hwinisÅnÄ… (“to whine"), from Proto-Germanic *hwÄ«nanÄ… (“to whizz, rush, swoosh, whine, hiss"), from Proto-Indo-European *á¸±wey- (“to hiss, whistle, whisper"). Cognate with German winseln (“to whine, whimper").