Whine Whine, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Whined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whining}.] [OE. whinen, AS. hw[=i]nan to make a whistling, whizzing sound; akin to Icel. hv[=i]na, Sw. hvina, Dan. hvine, and probably to G. wiehern to neigh, OHG. wih[=o]n, hweij[=o]n; perhaps of imitative origin. Cf. {Whinny}, v. i.] To utter a plaintive cry, as some animals; to moan with a childish noise; to complain, or to tell of sorrow, distress, or the like, in a plaintive, nasal tone; hence, to complain or to beg in a mean, unmanly way; to moan basely. ``Whining plovers.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The hounds were . . . staying their coming, but with a whining accent, craving liberty. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

Dost thou come here to whine? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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