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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

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  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. Linus Chuang:

    If there's any complaining about stomach fullness or discomfort or indigestion, it's really important to bring it to the attention of Vaagn Andikyan doctor or health care provider.

  2. President Donald Trump:

    We are building in hospitals, we are building... medical centers, and he was complaining -- we are doing differently more than anybody else.

  3. Sarosh Rana:

    I think it is important to listen to patients when they raise concerns and for expecting mothers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of pregnancy or childbirth complications. There are actually lots of signs that doctors should be talking about and that patients should be aware of, what I feel is, sometimes there’s a gap between a patient complaining and the doctor listening. There is so much data showing that patients, especially African American Black patients, are not always listened to.

  4. Warren Norred:

    It’s kind of like complaining about defamation – you can end up making it worse. all of her angst and umbrage comes from the simple reality that she enjoys a strong liberal take on CRT, and she does believe this is a racist country.

  5. David Kade:

    People just think we're complaining, but it's hazardous to the children and that's the bottom line.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    A affront
    B summon
    C emanate
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