- Enter a word for the dictionary definition.
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Whine \Whine\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Whined; p. 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. Whinny, 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]