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 ?
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.
It was fully a week before they were all normal again, and meantime, with whining children and cross adults, the house was not a pleasant place to live in.
Another preacher whining spoke Of One whose heart for sinners broke: He tied old Nanny to an oak, And drew the blood at every stroke, And prayed for heavenly union.
I hated it the first time I set my eyes on it--a sickly, whining, pining thing
I do,' she answered, 'but he needn't resort to whining for trifles.
He's not had a tantrum or a whining fit since you made friends.
After some rubbing of the lower part of his face, and some looking at us with those bad eyes, over his grisly fingers, he made one more address to me, half whining, and half abusive.
But there was a strong smell of rats; and John Joiner spent the rest of the morning sniffing and whining, and wagging his tail, and going round and round with his head in the hole like a gimlet.
Even Woola seemed to feel the weight of the impending calamity, for he pressed close to Dejah Thoris and to me, whining pitifully.
How close he came to a detection on several occasions The Killer well knew from the restless whining of several of them.
I don't think I care to talk about that, if you please,' she would say, and strike the boldest speechless by her unmistakable pain; this upon all topics - dress, pleasure, morality, politics, in which the formula was changed to 'my papa thinks otherwise,' and even religion, unless it was approached with a particular whining tone of voice.
Ulysses saw her, and so did the dogs, for they did not bark, but went scared and whining off to the other side of the yards.