whining


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whine

 (wīn, hwīn)
v. whined, whin·ing, whines
v.intr.
1. To produce a sustained, high-pitched, plaintive sound, as in pain, fear, or complaint.
2. To complain or protest in a childish or annoying fashion: fans who are always whining about the poor officiating.
3. To produce a sustained noise of high pitch: jet engines whining.
v.tr.
To utter with a whine.
n.
1. The act of whining: the dog's whine for food.
2. A whining sound: the whine of the dentist's drill.
3. A complaint uttered in a sustained, high-pitched tone: decided to ignore the children's whines.

[Middle English whinen, from Old English hwīnan, to make a whizzing sound.]

whin′er n.
whin′ing·ly adv.
whin′y, whin′ey adj.
Translations

whining

[ˈwaɪnɪŋ]
A. ADJ
1. (= complaining) [voice] → quejumbroso; [person] → quejica
2. a whining sound (made by engine, machine) → un sonido chirriante
B. N
1. (= complaining) → quejidos mpl, gimoteo m
2. (= sound) [of engine, machine] → chirrido m; [of siren] → silbido m; [of dog] → gemido(s) m(pl); (louder) → gañido(s) m(pl)

whining

n (of dog)Gejaule nt; (= complaining)Gejammer nt
adj
(= complaining) voiceweinerlich; personjammernd, meckernd (inf)
soundwimmernd; (of machine)schrillend; dogjaulend

whining

[ˈwaɪnɪŋ]
1. n (of dog) → guaito; (of child) → piagnucolio; (of engine) → sibilo (fam) (complaining) → lamentele fpl
2. adj (dog) → che guaisce; (child) → piagnucoloso/a; (engine) → sibilante
References in classic literature ?
From inside the door came a low whining and sobbing.
Soon they reached a side path, and down this the little dog fairly flew, only to come back at once, whining and barking.
Back and forth, back and forth, between Pollyanna and the side path he vibrated, barking and whining pitifully.
It was but a short time after that that Tudor tried the same trick on him, the bullets pattering about him like spiteful rain, thudding into the palm trunks, or glancing off in whining ricochets.
I made a dead- ahead scramble for the doors, whining like a dog in the press despatches that lets the family know that little Alice is bogged while gathering lilies in the brook.
When told that he was cured, he jumped out, wagging his tail, and whining for applause.
Presently, in one of those sobbing intervals between the blasts, the coyotes tuned up with their whining howl; one, two, three, then all together--to tell us that winter was coming.
Having now, as he thought, balanced this little account of friendship, the captain was about to shift his saddle to this noble gift-horse when the affectionate patriarch plucked him by the sleeve, and introduced to him a whimpering, whining, leathern-skinned old squaw, that might have passed for an Egyptian mummy, without drying.
The moment he produced the glittering earbobs, the whimpering and whining of the sempiternal beldame was at an end.
From weeping he went to whining, and from whining to wailing, until at last he achieved a scream.
The Torzhok peddler woman, in a whining voice, went on offering her wares, especially a pair of goatskin slippers.
I'm pretty tolerant of annoying dog behaviors, and still, I have to admit, whining gets on my nerves.