Complain Definition

complained, complaining, complains
complained, complaining, complains
To claim or express pain, displeasure, etc.
Webster's New World
To find fault; declare annoyance.
Webster's New World
To make an accusation; bring a formal charge.
Webster's New World

To creak or squeak, as a timber or wheel.

The complaining bed-springs.

Origin of Complain

  • From Middle English complaynen, from Old French complaindre, from Medieval Latin complangere (“to bewail, complain”), from Latin com- (“together”) + plangere (“to strike, beat, as the breast in extreme grief, bewail”); see plain, plaint.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English compleinen from Old French complaindre complaign- from Vulgar Latin complangere Latin com- intensive pref. com– Latin plangere to lament plāk-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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