English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , whynen , hwinen , from whinen Old English hwīnan ( “ to rush, to whizz, to squeal, to whine ” ), from Proto-West Germanic , from *hwīnan Proto-Germanic , from *hwīnaną Proto-Indo-European *ḱwey- ( “ to hiss, whistle, whisper ” ). Cognate with Old Norse , whence hvína Icelandic , hvína Norwegian , hvine Swedish , and vina Danish .
Despite the strong similarity in sound and meaning, not related with
German , weinen Dutch , from Proto-Germanic wenen (for which see dialectal English *wainōną ween ( “ to weep, lament ” )).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
whine ( plural )
long-drawn, high-pitched complaining cry or sound.
2012 June 26, Genevieve Koski, “Music: Reviews: Justin Bieber: ”, in Believe The A.V. Club , archived from  the original on 6 August 2020: The 18-year-old [Justin] Bieber can’t quite pull off the “adult” thing just yet: His voice may have dropped a bit since the days of “ Baby,” but it still mostly registers as “angelic,” and veers toward a pubescent whine at times. A complaint or criticism.
I need to have a quick whine about my boss before we start talking about the holiday.
Translations [ edit ]
long-drawn, high-pitched complaining cry or sound
вой (bg) m ( voj ) Danish:
hvin n Dutch:
zeuren , (nl) huilen , (nl) jammeren (nl) Finnish:
ulvonta (fi) French:
pleurnicherie (fr) , f geignement (fr) m German:
Jaulen , n Heulen (de) , n Jammern , n Gejammer n Indonesian:
cuach f Italian:
piagnisteo , (it) lagna (it) , f sibilo (it) , m piagnucolio (it) , m frigno (it) , m uggiolio m Ligurian: fà u sapìn
whine ( third-person singular simple present , whines present participle , whining simple past and past participle )
( 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; [… ] 1936 Feb. 15, Ernest Hemingway, letter to Maxwell Perkins:
Feel awfully about Scott... I always knew he couldn't think—he never could—but he had a marvelous talent and the thing is to use it—not whine in public.
( 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.
Synonyms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
to make a sound resembling such a cry
to complain or protest with a whine or as if with a whine
to move with a whining sound
to utter with the sound of a whine
Middle English [ edit ]
Alternative form of whynen