What does whine mean?

Definitions for whine
ʰwaɪn, waɪnwhine

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word whine.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. whimper, whineverb

    a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way

  2. whineverb

    move with a whining sound

    "The bullets were whining past us"

  3. snivel, whineverb

    talk in a tearful manner

  4. whine, squeak, screech, creak, screak, skreakverb

    make a high-pitched, screeching noise

    "The door creaked when I opened it slowly"; "My car engine makes a whining noise"

  5. whine, grizzle, yammer, yawpverb

    complain whiningly


  1. whinenoun

    a long-drawn, high-pitched complaining cry or sound

  2. whinenoun

    a complaint or criticism

  3. whineverb

    to utter a whine

    The jet engines whined at take off.

  4. whineverb

    to complain or protest in a childish manner or about trivial things

    Kelly Queen was whining that the boss made him put on his tie.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Whinenoun

    Plaintive noise; mean or affected complaint.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The favourable opinion of men comes oftentimes by a few demure looks and affected whines, set off with some odd devotional postures and grimaces. South.

    Thy hateful whine of woe
    Breaks in upon my sorrows, and distracts
    My jarring senses with thy beggar’s cry. Nicholas Rowe, J. Shore.

  2. To Whineverb

    To lament in low murmurs; to make a plaintive noise; to moan meanly and effeminately.

    Etymology: wanian , Saxon; weenen, Dutch; ewyno, Welsh.

    They came to the wood, where the hounds were in couples staying their coming, but with a whining accent craving liberty. Philip Sidney.

    At his nurse’s tears
    He whin’d and roar’d away your victory,
    That pages blush’d at him. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Twice and once the hedge-pig whin’d. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Whip him,
    ’Till, like a boy, you see him cringe his face,
    And whine aloud for mercy. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    All the common people have a whining tone and accent in their speech, as if they did still smart or suffer some oppression. John Davies, on Ireland.

    Then, if we whine, look pale,
    And tell our tale,
    Men are in pain
    For us again;
    So, neither speaking, doth become
    The lover’s state, nor being dumb. John Suckling.

    He made a viler noise than swine
    In windy weather, when they whine. Hudibras.

    Some, under sheeps cloathing, had the properties of wolves, that is, they could whine and howl as well as bite and devour. Robert South, Sermons.

    I was not born so base to flatter crouds,
    And move your pity by a whining tale. John Dryden, Don Sebast.

    Laughing at their whining may perhaps be the proper method. John Locke.

    Life was given for noble purposes; and therefore it must not be sacrificed to a quarrel, nor whined away in love. Collier.

    Upon a general mourning, mercers and woollen-drapers would in four and twenty hours raise their cloths and silks to above a double price; and, if the mourning continued long, then whining with petitions to the court, that they were ready to starve. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Whine

    Whine is a live album by Scorn, released on October 21, 1997, through Invisible Records.


  1. whine

    Whine is a noun and a verb referring to a prolonged, high-pitched complain or cry due to discomfort, disappointment, or dissatisfaction. It can also refer to the noise produced by certain machines in distress or malfunction. In a broader context, it can mean to persistently complain or grumble about something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whineverb

    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

  2. Whineverb

    to utter or express plaintively, or in a mean, unmanly way; as, to whine out an excuse

  3. Whinenoun

    a plaintive tone; the nasal, childish tone of mean complaint; mean or affected complaint

  4. Etymology: [OE. whinen, AS. hwnan to make a whistling, whizzing sound; akin to Icel. hvna, Sw. hvina, Dan. hvine, and probably to G. wiehern to neigh, OHG. wihn, hweijn; perhaps of imitative origin. Cf. Whinny, v. i.]


  1. Whine

    Whine is an album by Scorn, originally released in 1997 on Invisible Records in the United States, and KK Records in Europe.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whine

    hwīn, v.i. to utter a plaintive, shrill cry: to complain in an unmanly way.—n. a plaintive cry: an affected nasal tone of complaint.—ns. Whī′ner; Whī′ning.—adv. Whī′ningly. [A.S. hwínan, to whine; Ice. hvína.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whine in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of whine in a Sentence

  1. James McNeill Whistler:

    Two and two continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the amateur for three, or the cry of the critic for five.

  2. James Abbott McNeill Whistler:

    Two and two continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the ameteur for three, or the cry of the critc for five. (from Whistler vs. Ruskin, 1878)

  3. Anthony D'Angelo:

    Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.

  4. Van Vleuten:

    My goal today was to be my best self ever and I succeeded. I mean, we can whine about the miscommunication for a long time, but I could have won gold here in this form. I did very well, yeah, I ’m really proud of it. I mean, it’s a silver medal, but it does have a bit of a shine to it. And it’s also my first medal, is n’t it ? I do have an Olympic medal. A lot of people would kill for that.

  5. Thomas Tusser:

    For the first fourteen years for a rod they do whine, For the next as a pearl in the world they do shine, For the next trim beauty beginneth to swerve, For the next matrons or drudges they serve, For the next doth crave a staff for a stay, For the next a bier to fetch them away.

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  • kňouratCzech
  • hvine, hvinDanish
  • Gejammer, jaulen, jammern, heulen, quengelnGerman
  • zumbar, gimotear, lloriquear, lloriqueo, gimoteoSpanish
  • نق زدن, فغان, ناله, نالیدنPersian
  • ujeltaa, uikuttaa, ulvonta, kitistä, vinkua, vikistäFinnish
  • couiner, pleurnicher, pleurnicherie, geindreFrench
  • cuachIrish
  • siránkozik, vinnyogHungarian
  • piagnucolare, piagnisteo, sibilo, piagnucolio, sibilare, uggiolio, frigno, lagnaItalian
  • ueneMāori
  • zeuren, jammeren, huilenDutch
  • hvin, syte, sutre, hyl, hvine, hyle, jamreNorwegian
  • birra, reclamarPortuguese
  • завывать, плакаться, выть, вой, скулитьRussian
  • สะอื้นThai
  • inlemek, inilti, sızlanma, inleme, inleyişTurkish

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