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whine

whine

 
 
pronunciation:
waIn
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: whined, whines, whining
definition 1: to utter a prolonged high plaintive cry, as in pain, complaint, or fear.
The toddler fell down hard and began to whine.The dog was whining, so I let him out.The class whined when they heard their assignment for the weekend.
synonyms:
wail
similar words:
bawl, complain, cry, howl, keen, moan, scream, screech, shriek, squeal, yelp, yowl
definition 2: to complain or protest in a peevish, irritating manner.
Stop whining and eat your dinner.She's always whining to me about her problems.
synonyms:
bellyache, snivel
similar words:
bitch, carp, complain, crab, fuss, gripe, grouse, moan, nasalize, snuffle, wail, whimper
definition 3: to produce or emit a long, high sound, as from friction.
The saw whined as it cut the wood.
synonyms:
screech
similar words:
grate, scream, shriek, wail, whistle
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to express or perform with, or as if with, a whine.
The child had been sent to bed and was now whining a protest.
similar words:
bawl, grumble, howl, moan, screech, snuffle, whimper
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or sound of whining.
We could hear the child's whine all the way upstairs.We were startled by the sudden whine of the engine.
synonyms:
moan, wail
similar words:
lament, screech, shriek, whimper
definition 2: a feeble but annoying complaint.
Do I have to listen to another whine about your boss?
synonyms:
whimper
similar words:
bellyache, moan, snivel
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derivations: whiningly (adv.), whiner (n.)
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