whinge

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English whinsen, from Old English hwinsian (to whine), from Proto-West Germanic *hwinisōn (to whine), from Proto-West Germanic *hwīnan (to whine), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱwey- (to hiss, whistle, whisper). Cognate with German winseln (to whine, whimper).

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  • enPR: (h)wĭnj, (h)wĭnZH, IPA(key): /(h)wɪn(d)ʒ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪndʒ

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whinge (third-person singular simple present whinges, present participle whingeing or whinging, simple past and past participle whinged)

  1. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland) To whine; to complain, especially in an annoying or persistent manner.
    Argh! He has been whinging about it all night, even though he knows there's nothing we can do.
    I know it won't help but sometimes it feels better to whinge about the things that annoy me.
    • 1814, Sir Walter Scott, chapter 1, in Waverley or 'tis Sixty Years Since, Volume II:
      "'D' ye hear what's come ower ye now,' continued the virago, 'ye whingeing Whig carles? D'ye hear wha's coming to cow yer cracks?"
    • 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.

Noun[edit]

whinge (plural whinges)

  1. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland) A cry.
    Her whinges grew even shriller and more annoying the longer we had to listen to them.
  2. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland) A peevish complaint.
    I know you don't like it, but your whinges won't solve the problem!

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