- 1[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) | whine that… to complain in an annoying, crying voice Stop whining! ‘I want to go home,’ whined Toby. Synonymscomplainprotest object grumble moan whineThese words all mean to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something.complain to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something:I’m going to complain to the manager about this.protest to say or do something to show that you disagree with or disapprove of something, especially publicly; to give something as a reason for protesting:Students took to the streets to protest against the decision.object to say that you disagree with or disapprove of something; to give something as a reason for objecting:If nobody objects, we’ll postpone the meeting till next week. He objected that the police had arrested him without sufficient evidence.grumble (rather informal, disapproving) to complain about somebody/something in a bad-tempered way:They kept grumbling that they were cold.moan (British English, rather informal, disapproving) to complain about somebody/something in an annoying way:What are you moaning on about now?whine (rather informal, disapproving) to complain in an annoying, crying voice:Stop whining! ‘I want to go home,’ whined Toby. Whine is often used to talk about the way that young children complain.Patterns to complain/protest/grumble/moan/whine about something to complain/protest/grumble/moan at something to complain/protest/object/grumble/moan/whine to somebody to complain/protest/object/grumble/moan/whine that… See related entries: Describing annoying traits
- 2[intransitive] to make a long high unpleasant sound because you are in pain or unhappy The dog whined and scratched at the door.
- 3[intransitive] (of a machine) to make a long high unpleasant sound The engines whined softly in the background. The jet engines whined as the plane accelerated down the runway. Word Origin Old English hwīnan ‘whistle through the air’, related to whinge. The noun dates from the mid 17th cent.
BrE BrE//waɪn//; NAmE NAmE//waɪn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whine
BrE BrE//waɪn//; NAmE NAmE//waɪn//he / she / it whines
BrE BrE//waɪnz//; NAmE NAmE//waɪnz//past simple whined
BrE BrE//waɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//waɪnd//past participle whined
BrE BrE//waɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//waɪnd//-ing form whining
BrE BrE//ˈwaɪnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪnɪŋ//Describing annoying traits