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



    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 OriginOld English hwīnan ‘whistle through the air’, related to whinge. The noun dates from the mid 17th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: whine

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