whine

whine [waın] v
[: Old English; Origin: hwinan 'to move through the air with a loud sound']
1.) [I and T]
to complain in a sad, annoying voice about something
= ↑moan
Oh Charlotte, please stop whining.
'I don't understand,' whined Rose.
whine about
The sergeant was whining about how hard he had been forced to work recently.
2.)
to make a long high sound because you are in pain or unhappy
He could hear the dog whining behind the door.
3.) [I]
if a machine whines, it makes a continuous high sound
>whine[i] n
The baby's howl turned to a high-pitched whine.
the whine of a vacuum cleaner

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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