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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a dog whines (=makes a long high sound because it is unhappy or in pain)
▪ I could hear the dogs whining outside the door.
▪ She ignores me, whining about how he was supposed to meet her at the Bullet's Head.
▪ Stop whining about not having enough free time.
▪ No whining about how tough it will be to start over, no self-congratulatory odes to her own courage.
▪ Paying 28 percent on capital-gains income is hardly a burden to whine about.
▪ At the sound of my voice they stopped whining so I didn't know where to look.
▪ What surprised her was that they stopped whining at once.
▪ Sometime that year he stopped whining.
▪ "What did you do that for?" he whined.
▪ For heaven's sake stop whining. Nobody has touched your precious records.
▪ He's always whining about how much everything costs.
▪ Stop whining, or you won't get any candy.
▪ The dog's whining for food.
▪ And that part of my mind seemed to whine faintly and go very cold and still.
▪ Gas pedal to the floor, we backed up with the engine whining and the chassis shaking.
▪ He did the same, now making occasional soft whining grunts.
▪ She was whining to him about how Eyas Securities had played this awful trick on her, how embarrassing it all was.
▪ The only human notes in the dull and humorless whining are cigarette references.
▪ The van sped into the Marble Arch roundabout with tyres whining.
▪ We get together, start whining, and then we go on strike.
▪ You're ugly enough without starting to whine.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Whine \Whine\, v. t. To utter or express plaintively, or in a mean, unmanly way; as, to whine out an excuse.


Whine \Whine\, n. A plaintive tone; the nasal, childish tone of mean complaint; mean or affected complaint.


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.''

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

Dost thou come here to whine?

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English hwinan "to whiz, hiss, or whistle through the air" (only of arrows), also hwinsian "to whine" (of dogs), ultimately of imitative origin (compare Old Norse hvina "to whiz," German wiehern "to neigh"). Meaning "to complain in a feeble way" is first recorded 1520s. Related: Whined; whining.


1630s, from whine (v.).


n. a long-drawn, high-pitched complaining cry or sound vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To utter a high-pitched cry. 2 (context intransitive English) To make a sound resembling such a cry. 3 (context intransitive English) To complain or protest with a whine or as if with a whine. 4 (context intransitive English) To move with a whining sound. 5 (context transitive English) To utter with the sound of a whine.

  1. v. move with a whining sound; "The bullets were whining past us"

  2. talk in a tearful manner [syn: snivel]

  3. complain whiningly [syn: grizzle, yammer, yawp]


n. a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way [syn: whimper]


Whine is a live album by Scorn, released on October 21, 1997, through Invisible Records.

Usage examples of "whine".

North, aye, North, through a land accurst, shunned by the scouring brutes, And all I heard was my own harsh word and the whine of the malamutes, Till at last I came to a cabin squat, built in the side of a hill, And I burst in the door, and there on the floor, frozen to death, lay Bill.

Malcolm chose to express his ire with a mournful, rather accusatory whine.

She Was chagrined to imagine that whining, annoying voice coming out of her own mouth, and she had even apologized to her parents for her behavior of years earlier.

I have indulged in useless and apostatic whining long enough and I must have exhausted your patience and the bonds of our friendship long since.

They went to their regular meals in the English ship, and pretty soon they were nibbling again--nibbling, appetiteless, disgusted with the food, moody, miserable, half hungry, their outraged stomachs cursing and swearing and whining and supplicating all day long.

He could even hear the delicate whine of the gyroscopes that autonomously assisted him in maintaining balance.

Daniel Addison dozed lightly in a window seat near the back of the tour bus, his senses purposefully concentrated on the soft whine of the diesel and hum of the tires as the coach moved north along the Autostrada toward Assisi.

I spent ninety minutes listening to them whine about taxes and brokerage fees and the state of the market.

If our own government had not been in the pocket of Jew creditors and extortionists, and so fearful of the proletariat itself, which was forever whining, forever demanding, malcontents who despised the natural social order, then perhaps the world would have had a very different and glorious future.

Ham was being wiped away, but now it whined more freely and the humpback moved the electrodes toward Doc and Monk.

The main gun moved in its gyro-controlled cradle, a feint humming whine as the mantlet moved, the breech riding up smoothly.

Father Efrain was silenced, Carmen de Sosa began to scream, a thin, whining cry that made Maria hunker down lower in the bushes, take her hand out of her mouth and cover her ears.

A whine of fire brought Maslin back to his surroundings, and he scurried back behind the tent.

Sometimes there would be mechanical sounds, and others, the high-pitched whining, beeping sound that sent sharp pains through the mastoid bones.

Shaggy dogs whined at the doors until the mensal remnants were tossed out to them in the front yard.