from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To be discontented or low in spirits; complain or fret.
- intransitive v. To yearn after something: Immigrants who repined for their homeland.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To fail; to wane.
- intransitive v. To continue pining; to feel inward discontent which preys on the spirits; to indulge in envy or complaint; to murmur.
- n. Vexation; mortification.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be fretfully discontented; be unhappy and indulge in complaint; murmur: often with at or against.
- To fail; give way.
- n. A repining.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. express discontent
Middle English repinen, to be aggrieved : re-, re- + pinen, to yearn; see pine2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Believed to have been formed (with uncertainty, due to the unusual formation) as re- + pine, with the verb (first attested in 1529) giving rise to the noun (first attested in 1593); compare the Middle English verb repinen, which may be related. (Wiktionary)