complainingly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From complaining +‎ -ly.

Adverb[edit]

complainingly (comparative more complainingly, superlative most complainingly)

  1. In a complaining manner; peevishly.
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stephenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde:
      A voice answered from within: "tell him I cannot see anyone," it said, complainingly.
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 93:
      Tucking into rissoles of rice, bacon, and potatoes served up on fried bread, he said complainingly, "By ginger, Mudgy, you do go off the handle over nothing. I tell you straight, I was damned annoyed with you this afternoon, going pop like that at a man over nothing."