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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complaining(a), complaintiveadjective

    expressing pain or dissatisfaction of resentment

    "a complaining boss"


  1. Complaining

    Complaining is a form of communication that expresses annoyance or unhappiness. It may serve a range of purposes, including connecting with others who feel similarly displeased, reinforcing a sense of self, or a cathartic expression of personal emotion. Complaining may be a method of notification, especially in the context of a consumer of goods or services, that one party has failed to satisfy normal standards, and is expected to rectify a perceived grievance, such as replacing a defective item.Complaining may be formalized into an organizational system of filing a written grievance as part of a dispute resolution process. Alternatively, it may be a purely informal process among friends or acquaintances that allows for the expression and validation of some personal perspective, often referred to as venting. There is some evidence to suggest that complaining may be harmful for physical or mental health by increasing stress levels.The American proverb, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, is sometimes used to convey the idea that complaining about a problem is an effective means of spurring its resolution, although it has also been noted that there is no necessary correlation between stridency and merit, so that the problem that gets resolved due to complaints may not actually be the most pressing problem requiring resolution.


  1. complaining

    Complaining is the act of expressing dissatisfaction, unhappiness, or discontent about a situation, event, person, or object. It often involves criticizing or pointing out faults and can be done verbally, in writing, or non-verbally. Complaining can serve a variety of purposes, such as seeking sympathy, attempting to change a situation, or simply venting frustration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complaining

    of Complain

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'complaining' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4542

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of complaining in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of complaining in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of complaining in a Sentence

  1. Anatole France:

    One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life.

  2. Barbara Sicalides:

    From an antitrust perspective, businesses have been complaining about OPEC and complaining about these foreign systems for years, i don't think it's an antitrust violation. It's certainly a change in policy.

  3. George Bernard Shaw:

    This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap. Being a force of Nature, instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

  4. Kenneth Udoibok:

    People are not complaining that Joseph Baker injected them with ketamine. They are complaining that a police officer caused that to happen.

  5. Antoine Rivarol:

    Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future.

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