I. verb (whined; whining) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwīnan to whiz; akin to Old Norse hvīna to whiz Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. a. to utter a high-pitched plaintive or distressed cry b. to make a sound similar to such a cry <
the wind whined in the chimney
2. to complain with or as if with a whine <
always whining about the weather
3. to move or proceed with the sound of a whine <
the bullet whined…across the ice — Berton Roueché
transitive verb to utter or express with or as if with a whine • whiner nounwhiningly adverb II. noun Date: 1633 1. a. a prolonged high-pitched cry usually expressive of distress or pain b. a sound resembling such a cry 2. a complaint uttered with or as if with a whine • whiny also whiney adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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