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 (wīn, hwīn)
v. whined, whin·ing, whines
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.
To utter with a whine.
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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whiner - a person given to excessive complaints and crying and whiningwhiner - a person given to excessive complaints and crying and whining
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
kvetch - (Yiddish) a constant complainer
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A person who habitually complains or grumbles:
Informal: crank, griper, grouser.
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n (= complainer)Jammerer m
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References in classic literature ?
On shipboard he would be a sneak, a whiner, a tattler.
Panelo noted that the recent remarks of the senator 'prove once and for all that he is an incorrigible rouble rouser and perennial whiner, a false accuser who, when hailed to court, cries like a baby reminiscent of staging a coup and surrenders instantly even without a gun being fired from the government forces.'
"As for the guys, Paul is a moody whiner and Sofiane reminds me of a flash-in-the-pan 1970s salesman.
She's a whiner - something we also saw when she was on Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.
"This man is divorced from reality," Dewhurst said, adding later, "Dan has a reputation in the Senate as a whiner, he's a victim, that's why he's saying everything [that] we are saying is not true."
Garcia said that he always attempts at telling the truth and though Woods has touted Garcia as a whiner, he retorted that Woods has possibly said the truth in 15 years.
De Lay, instead of calling a wheelchair user a "whiner," I have compassion for you and I will just call you someone who is in pain and frustrated.
Any excessively complaining individual surnamed Weiner can be referred to instead as (a) Whiner.
He responded by claiming keeper Dida was tight-fisted (maybe that explains why he can't catch the ball) and pinpointed Alessandro Nesta as the biggest whiner.
The Whiner. Maybe the most common type encountered in a gay char room, the Whiner is known all too well by the others present.
I'm not a habitual whiner, asking for calm-me-downs whenever life gets difficult.
WEEI formed the Whineys to simultaneously honor and poke fun at the best callers to its insanely popular Whiner Line, a daily hotline for listeners to humorously vent their frustrations with the sports world.