The Collaborative Dictionary
Whine \Whine\, v. i. [imp.
& p. p. Whined
pr. & vb. n. Whining
.] [OE. whinen, AS.
hw[imac]nan to make a whistling, whizzing sound; akin to Icel.
hv[imac]na, Sw. hvina, Dan. hvine, and probably to G. wiehern to
neigh, OHG. wih[=o]n, hweij[=o]n; perhaps of imitative origin. Cf.
, v. i.] 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. "Whining plovers." --Spenser. [1913
Webster] The hounds were . . . staying their coming, but with a
whining accent, craving liberty. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]
Dost thou come here to whine? --Shak. [1913 Webster]
2 habitually complaining; "a whining child" [syn: