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Whine \Whine\, v. t. To utter or express plaintively, or in a mean, unmanly way; as, to whine out an excuse. [1913 Webster]
Whine \Whine\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Whined; p. pr. & vb. n. Whining.] [OE. whinen, AS. hw[imac]nan to make a whistling, whizzing sound; akin to Icel. hv[imac]na, Sw. hvina, Dan. hvine, and probably to G. wiehern to neigh, OHG. wih[=o]n, hweij[=o]n; perhaps of imitative origin. Cf. Whinny, v. i.] 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. "Whining plovers." --Spenser. [1913 Webster] The hounds were . . . staying their coming, but with a whining accent, craving liberty. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] Dost thou come here to whine? --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Whine \Whine\, n. A plaintive tone; the nasal, childish tone of mean complaint; mean or affected complaint. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

whine n : a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way [syn: whimper]


1 move with a whining sound; "The bullets were whining past us"
2 talk in a tearful manner [syn: snivel]
3 complain whiningly [syn: grizzle, yammer, yawp]





  • , /waɪn/, /waIn/
Rhymes with: -aɪn



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


  1. to utter a whine
    The jet engines whined at take off.
  2. to complain or protest in a childish manner or about trivial things
    The Red Soxs fans were whining after they lost to the Yankees again.


to utter a whine
to complain or protest in a childish manner or about trivial things
Whine is an album by Scorn, originally released in 1997 on Invisible Records in the United States, and KK Records in Europe.

Track listing

Tracks 1–8 recorded live in Rome, 1997-03-05.
  1. "Not Answering" – 9:54
  2. "Twitcher" – 6:02
  3. "Strand" – 6:04
  4. "Beat 3" – 5:30
  5. "Well Sorted" – 6:28
  6. "Check The Sonic" – 5:35
  7. "416" – 8:08
  8. "Aurora" – 6:07
  9. "Beat 4" – 4:16
  10. "Beat 2 Mix" – 4:41
  11. "Beat 3 Mix" – 5:37
  12. "Who Know Mix" – 4:34


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