whiny


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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.
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whiny

(ˈwaɪnɪ)
adj, whinier or whiniest
1. high-pitched and plaintive
2. peevish; complaining
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whin•y

or whin•ey

(ˈʰwaɪ ni, ˈwaɪ-)

adj. whin•i•er, whin•i•est.
complaining; cranky.
[1850–55]
whin′i•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.whiny - habitually complaining; "a whiny child"
complaining, complaintive - expressing pain or dissatisfaction of resentment; "a complaining boss"
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Translations

whiny

whiney hwaɪni] adjgeignard(e)
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