Whine meaning

wīn, hwīn
(intransitive) To utter a high-pitched cry.
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The definition of a whine is a high-pitched sound.

An example of a whine is the sound a balloon makes as it deflates.

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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.

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To produce a sustained, high-pitched, plaintive sound, as in pain, fear, or complaint.
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To produce a sustained noise of high pitch.

Jet engines whining.

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To utter with a whine.
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The act of whining.

The dog's whine for food.

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A whining sound.

The whine of the dentist's drill.

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A complaint uttered in a sustained, high-pitched tone.

Decided to ignore the children's whines.

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To complain or beg in a childishly undignified way, as with a whine.
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To utter with or as with a whine.
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The act or sound of whining.
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A complaint uttered in a whining tone.
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(intransitive) To make a sound resembling such a cry.

The jet engines whined at take off.

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(intransitive) To complain or protest with a whine or as if with a whine.
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(intransitive) To move with a whining sound.

The jet whined into the air.

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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.

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To complain or protest in a childish or annoying fashion.

Fans who are always whining about the poor officiating.

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Origin of whine

  • Middle English whinen from Old English hwīnan to make a whizzing sound
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English hwinen, whinen, from Old English hwÄ«nan (“to rush, to whizz, to squeal, to whine") from Proto-Germanic *hwÄ«nanÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱwey- (“to hiss, whistle, whisper"). Cognate with Old Norse hvína, whence Icelandic hvína, Norwegian hvine, Swedish hvina and Danish hvine.
    From Wiktionary