Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To cry or sob with soft intermittent sounds; whine. See Synonyms at cry.
  • intransitive v. To complain.
  • transitive v. To utter in a whimper.
  • n. A low, broken, sobbing sound; a whine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A low intermittent sob.
  • v. To cry or sob softly and intermittently.
  • v. To say something in a whimpering manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To cry with a low, whining, broken voice; to whine; to complain.
  • transitive v. To utter in alow, whining tone.
  • n. A low, whining, broken cry; a low, whining sound, expressive of complaint or grief.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To produce a sound resembling a whimper.
  • To cry with a low, whining, broken voice; make a low, complaining sound.
  • To tell tales.
  • To utter in a low, whining, or crying tone.
  • n. A low, peevish, broken cry; a whine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way
  • v. cry weakly or softly

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably imitative.

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