complain, kick, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetch(verb)
express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
"My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"
make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge
"The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client"
To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
Joe was always complaining about the noise made by his neighbours.
To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge.
They've complained about me to the police again.
Origin: From complaynen, from complaindre, from complangere, from com- + plangere; see plain, plaint.
to give utterance to expression of grief, pain, censure, regret. etc.; to lament; to murmur; to find fault; -- commonly used with of. Also, to creak or squeak, as a timber or wheel
to make a formal accusation; to make a charge
to lament; to bewail
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kom-plān′, v.i. to express grief, pain, censure: to murmur or express a sense of injury: to accuse: to make a mournful sound: to be ill—e.g. 'to complain of a sore throat.'—n. complaint.—ns. Complain′ant, one who complains: (law) one who raises a suit, a plaintiff; Complain′er, a murmurer: complainant; Complain′ing, the action of the verb complain: complaint.—adv. Complain′ingly.—n. Complaint′, a complaining: an expression of grief: a representation of pains or injuries: a finding fault: the thing complained of: a disease: an ailment. [Fr. complaindre—Low L. complangĕre—L. com, inten., plangĕre, bewail.]
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Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'complain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3729
Rank popularity for the word 'complain' in Verbs Frequency: #443
The numerical value of complain in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of complain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Never complain and never explain.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
The poor complain that they are governed badly. The rich complain that they are governed at all.
Look at these poor Muscovites. ... Oh my God, they complain because they cannot go to Italy on vacation and they can no longer afford to buy Parmesan cheese!
Our generation has an incredible amount of realism, yet at the same time it loves to complain and not really change because if it does change then it won't have anything to complain about.
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Translations for complain
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- شكا, اشتكى, تذمرArabic
- подавам жалба, оплаквам сеBulgarian
- queixar-seCatalan, Valencian
- stěžovat, podat, stížnostCzech
- beschweren, klagenGerman
- valittaa, [[tehdä]] [[valitus]]Finnish
- porter plainte, se plaindreFrench
- dèan casaid, talaich, gearainScottish Gaelic
- शिकायत करनाHindi
- գանգատվել, գանգատիլArmenian
- lamentarsi, lagnarsiItalian
- ぼやく, 訴える, ぶつぶつ, 文句, とやかくJapanese
- ჩივილი, ბუზღუნი, წუწუნიGeorgian
- klagen, klachtDutch
- składać skargę, skarżyć się, narzekać, skarżyćPolish
- queixar-se, reclamarPortuguese
- жаловаться, сетовать, ныть, подавать жалобуRussian
- si plindeWalloon
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