from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To utter a plaintive, high-pitched, protracted sound, as in pain, fear, supplication, or complaint.
- intransitive v. To complain or protest in a childish fashion.
- intransitive v. To produce a sustained noise of relatively high pitch: jet engines whining.
- transitive v. To utter with a whine.
- n. The act of whining.
- n. A whining sound.
- n. A complaint uttered in a plaintive tone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a long-drawn, high-pitched complaining cry or sound
- n. a complaint or criticism
- v. To utter a high-pitched cry.
- v. To make a sound resembling such a cry.
- v. To complain or protest with a whine or as if with a whine.
- v. To move with a whining sound.
- v. To utter with the sound of a whine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To utter a plaintive cry, as some animals; to moan with a childish noise; to complain, or to tell of sorrow, distress, or the like, in a plaintive, nasal tone; hence, to complain or to beg in a mean, unmanly way; to moan basely.
- transitive v. To utter or express plaintively, or in a mean, unmanly way.
- n. A plaintive tone; the nasal, childish tone of mean complaint; mean or affected complaint.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter a plaintive protracted sound expressive of distress or complaint; moan as a dog, or in a childish fashion.
- To complain in a puerile, feeble, or undignified way; bemoan one's self weakly.
- To utter in a plaintive, querulous, drawling manner: usually with out.
- n. A drawling, plaintive utterance or tone, as the whinny of a dog; also, the nasal puerile tone of mean complaint; mean or affected complaint.
- n. In hunting, the noise made by an otter at rutting-time.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. complain whiningly
- v. move with a whining sound
- n. a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way
- v. make a high-pitched, screeching noise
- v. talk in a tearful manner
Middle English whinen, from Old English hwīnan, to make a whizzing sound.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English hwinen, whinen, from Old English hwīnan ("to rush, to whizz, to squeal, to whine") from Proto-Germanic *hwīnanan. Cognate with Old Norse hvína, whence Icelandic hvína, Norwegian hvine, Swedish hvina and Danish hvine. (Wiktionary)