whine

I UK [waɪn] / US / US [hwaɪn] verb
Word forms "whine":
present tense I/you/we/they whine he/she/it whines present participle whining past tense whined past participle whined
1)
a) [intransitive] to complain in a way that annoys other people

For goodness sake, stop whining!

whine about:

What are you whining about now?

b) [transitive] to say something in this way

"But it's cold out there," he whined.

2) [intransitive] if a dog whines, it makes a high noise, usually because it wants something
3) [intransitive] mainly literary if something whines, it makes a high loud sound

A bullet whined angrily past him.


Derived words:
whiner
noun countable
Word forms "whiner":
singular whiner plural whiners
whining
noun uncountable

His whining really annoys me.


II UK [waɪn] / US / US [hwaɪn] noun [countable]
Word forms "whine":
singular whine plural whines
1) a complaint, especially one that you make in an annoying voice

There were a few whines and whimpers about policy changes.

2) a high sound made by a machine, insect etc

the high-pitched whine of a vacuum cleaner

3) the sounds that a dog makes to express its feelings

whiny
adjective
Word forms "whiny":
adjective whiny comparative whinier superlative whiniest

a whiny voice


English dictionary. 2014.

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