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Meaning of WHINE

Pronunciation:  wIn

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way
  2. [v]  complain whiningly
  3. [v]  talk in a tearful manner
  4. [v]  move with a whining sound; "The bullets were whining past us"
 

WHINE is a 5 letter word that starts with W.

 

 Synonyms: grizzle, whimper, yammer, yawp
 
 See Also: complain, complaint, go, kick, kvetch, locomote, mouth, move, plain, quetch, sound off, speak, talk, travel, utter, verbalise, verbalize

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
          The hounds were . . . staying their coming, but with a
          whining accent, craving liberty.         --Sir P.
                                                   Sidney.
    
          Dost thou come here to whine?            --Shak.
    
    
  2. \Whine\, v. t.
    To utter or express plaintively, or in a mean, unmanly way;
    as, to whine out an excuse.
    
    
  3. \Whine\, n.
    A plaintive tone; the nasal, childish tone of mean complaint;
    mean or affected complaint.
    
    
 

 

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