Origin of whinge
- Dialectal alteration of Middle English whinsen from Old English hwinsian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").