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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:
Adj.1.whiney - habitually complaining; "a whiny child"
complaining, complaintive - expressing pain or dissatisfaction of resentment; "a complaining boss"
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Once the magic you'll be a lot Particularly when they add one of those teethgrating whiney tones, too.
And when someone I want to like starts dropping gun terms popularized on the silver screen to sensationalize events, I put hands to my face and begin leaking a whiney shrill of disappointment while melting to the floor like Oz's Wicked Witch of the West.
His parents are the kind of miserable dullards you'd avoid at a party, his brother Peter is a whiney creep and, even accounting for the fact that I'm glad he's not mine, you could at least imagine Henry growing up to be the kind of bloke who'd I'm be a laugh in the pub.