Definition of whine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    whine

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//waɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//waɪn//
     
    [usually singular]
     
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  1. 1a long high sound that is usually unpleasant or annoying the steady whine of the engine
  2. 2a long high cry that a child or dog makes when it is hurt or wants something
  3. 3a high tone of voice that you use when you complain about something Her voice took on a nasal whine of complaint.
  4. Word Origin Old English hwīnan ‘whistle through the air’, related to whinge. The noun dates from the mid 17th cent.
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