From Middle English whinsen, from Old English hwinsian (“to whine”), from Proto-Germanic *hwinisōną (“to whine”), from Proto-Germanic *hwīnaną (“to whizz, rush, swoosh, whine, hiss”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱwey- (“to hiss, whistle, whisper”). Cognate with German winseln (“to whine, whimper”).
whinge (plural whinges)
- (UK, Australia, New Zealand) To complain, especially in an annoying or persistent manner.
- (UK, Australia, New Zealand) To whine.
1992, Sky Phillips, Secret mission to Melbourne, November, 1941, page 45:
- Mostly, they were wingeing about the lousy cook and the same thing served too often
1993, Michael Fisher, The Nightmare Man, page 169:
- His wife will winge her bloody head off, but Nev will come good.
2002, Diana Wynne Jones, A Tale of Time City, page 41:
- "I'm miserable," Sam proclaimed, plodding behind with his shoelace flapping. "Nobody ever gives me butter-pies when I need them." / "Shut up," said Jonathan. "Stop wingeing."
- 2012, John Lyons, The Australian, 1st Dec issue, Action stations as sea giants stay vigilant on the frontline
- "You know the problem these days with young people? Get them to carry a 500-pound bomb and within 30 seconds they're making noises," he says, imitating a whingeing sound.
- See also Wikisaurus:complain
- A relevant page from Understanding cultures through their key words, Anna Wierzbicka.