whine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v whine complain whiningly
    • v whine talk in a tearful manner
    • v whine move with a whining sound "The bullets were whining past us"
    • v whine make a high-pitched, screeching noise "The door creaked when I opened it slowly","My car engine makes a whining noise"
    • n whine a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Whine A plaintive tone; the nasal, childish tone of mean complaint; mean or affected complaint.
    • v. i Whine 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.""The hounds were . . . staying their coming, but with a whining accent, craving liberty.""Dost thou come here to whine ?"
    • v. t Whine To utter or express plaintively, or in a mean, unmanly way; as, to whine out an excuse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • whine To utter a plaintive protracted sound expressive of distress or complaint; moan as a dog, or in a childish fashion.
    • whine To complain in a puerile, feeble, or undignified way; bemoan one's self weakly.
    • whine To utter in a plaintive, querulous, drawling manner: usually with out.
    • n whine A drawling, plaintive utterance or tone, as the whinny of a dog; also, the nasal puerile tone of mean complaint; mean or affected complaint.
    • n whine In hunting, the noise made by an otter at rutting-time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Whine hwīn to utter a plaintive, shrill cry: to complain in an unmanly way
    • n Whine a plaintive cry: an affected nasal tone of complaint
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Quotations

  • Anthony J. D'Angelo
    Anthony J. D'Angelo
    “Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.”
  • Lord Jeffrey
    Lord Jeffrey
    “The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.”
  • Robert Burns
    Robert%20Burns
    “Firmness in enduring and exertion is a character I always wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and cowardly resolve.”
  • Swedish Proverb
    Swedish Proverb
    “Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “An alarm clock is a device that makes you rise and whine.”
  • Paul Brown
    Paul Brown
    “A winner never whines.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. whinen, AS. hwīnan, to make a whistling, whizzing sound; akin to Icel. hvīna, Sw. hvina, Dan. hvine, and probably to G. wiehern, to neigh, OHG. wihōn, hweijōn,; perhaps of imitative origin. Cf. Whinny (v. i.)

Usage

In literature:

Dog Catch, also, is whining and scratching at my door to tell me that it is time for me to get up, and take him out for his walk.
"She and I, Volume 2" by John Conroy Hutcheson
I am too proud to whine, but in reality I am seething with bitterness and rebellion.
"The Heart of Una Sackville" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He ran right to his master and stood behind him, shivering and whining, as he stared in the direction from which he had come.
"Bunyip Land" by George Manville Fenn
The collie uttered a whine and a loud bark.
"Three Boys" by George Manville Fenn
Then all three stood watching till the man had disappeared, the dog uttering an angry whine from time to time, as if still dissatisfied.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
He came twice over into my room, whining and asking me where you were.
"Marcus: the Young Centurion" by George Manville Fenn
He had entered only three or four feet, when a weak, pitiful whine greeted his ears.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
A low whine fell on his ear, and a cold, wet face was pressed against his.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
All at once a low whine from Terror arrested them.
"Adrift in the Wilds" by Edward S. Ellis
Suddenly a strong whining note filled the air, drowning out all other notes, and Henry knew the Brooklyn Navy Yard was talking.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
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In poetry:

The wind was now like hounds a-hunt,
And now like hounds that whined.
Yet ever on and on I rode,
And Arnold rode behind.
"Arnold Rode Behind" by Roderic Quinn
Deem'st thou that no honour liveth
Save in haughty breasts like thine?
Think'st thou men, like dogs in spirit,
At such blows but wince and whine?
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
A mile or twa they were frae hame,
An' fast alang the road they sped;
The dog ran cowrin' 'mang their feet,
An' shook an' whined wi' fear an' dread.
"The Greetin' Bairn" by Janet Hamilton
And rested there :— " How sore to die
When there is nought to lose by death!" .
A beggar woman paused hard by
And whined her song with gaps for breath.
"Fame" by John Joy Bell
The every-day cry and the every-day fare,
That's every day heard where the Livewells are dining,
Is nothing to eat, or else nothing to wear,
Which naked and starving rich Merdles are whining.
"Nothing To Eat. The Argument" by Horatio Alger Jr
"God! I'm frightened, Blair!" says he . . .
"Boys, you know I never whined. . . .
Where's the hope for one like me?
I ain't no hymn-singin' kind."
There was pleadin' in his glance:
"Blair," says he, "is there a chance?"
"The Reaper in the Bush" by C J Dennis

In news:

Sestak's Attempt to Suppress Speech Sestak is whining that two truthful ads should be pulled from the airwaves.
After a movie, in spite of a big container of decent buttered popcorn, they began to whine with hunger.
My natural instinct toward whining emerged in the final days leading up to Attention Homes' inaugural Sleep Out for Homeless Youth.
There is no Cover but expect some whining for tips.
Whine, Whine: Four Simple Steps for Dealing with complainers.
"A Fine Whine" is an occasional department about the hassles of modern life.
You'll howl, whine and yip over 'I'm Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship.
Tech Millionaires Can Whine About Taxes, Too.
All week he just sits and whines and cries and when you finally tend to whatever his need is, he stops.
Read on for smart strategies that will put a stop to whining, tantrums, back talk, and more.
Democrats discuss the struggles of the middle class while Republicans whine about the problems of wealthy Americans.
It's that time of year when I get to whine.
Alan Peterson, production director at the Radio America Network in Arlington, Va. Was puzzled by an unusually strong whine that kept showing up in voiceovers and short-feature recordings made in one of the network's production studios.
Many people leave their job at the end of the day complaining about how tired they are, so how many are just whining and how many are actually fatigued.
I got an e-mail promotion yesterday for a "whine tour"—nice and big in the subject line.
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