From Middle English whynen, hwinen, whinen, from Old English hwīnan (“to rush, to whizz, to squeal, to whine”), from Proto-Germanic *hwīnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱwey- (“to hiss, whistle, whisper”). Cognate with Old Norse hvína, whence Icelandic hvína, Norwegian hvine, Swedish vina, and Danish hvine.
- enPR: wīn, IPA(key): /waɪn/, [ʍaɪ̯n], [ʍʌɪ̯n], [ʍäːn], [ʍɑe̯n]
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- (without the wine–whine merger) enPR: hwīn, IPA(key): /ʍaɪn/
- Rhymes: -aɪn
- Homophone: wine (accents with the wine-whine merger)
whine (plural whines)
- A long-drawn, high-pitched complaining cry or sound.
- A complaint or criticism.
- I need to have a quick whine about my boss before we start talking about the holiday.
- (intransitive) To utter a high-pitched cry.
- (intransitive) To make a sound resembling such a cry.
- The jet engines whined at take off.
- (intransitive) To complain or protest with a whine or as if with a whine.
- 1765, Catherine Jemmat, The Memoirs of Mrs. Catherine Jemmat, Daughter of the Late Admiral Yeo, of Plymouth. Written by Herself, volume I, 2nd edition, London: Printed for the author, at Charing-Cross, OCLC 316667080, page 145:
- [S]he was one of your ſoft ſpoken, canting, whining hypocrites, who with a truly jeſuitical art, could wreſt evil out of the moſt inoffenſive thought, word, look or action; […]
- (intransitive) To move with a whining sound.
- The jet whined into the air.
- The wind whined and moaned through the trees.
- (transitive) 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.
- See also Thesaurus:complain
- Alternative form of