whine

When you whine, you complain in a pitiful, annoying way. Your younger sister will whine if your piece of cake is bigger than hers.

Whine is both a noun and a verb. The verb means "to complain bitterly." Kids tend to cry or even yell when they whine, though most adults settle for constant griping and an unwillingness to let it go already. "Poor me" and "It isn't fair" — these are common whines. Whine can describe a high-pitched, screeching noise, like the squeak made by an old, broken machine.

Definitions of whine
  1. noun
    a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way
    synonyms: whimper
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    type of:
    complaint
    an expression of grievance or resentment
  2. verb
    complain whiningly
    synonyms: grizzle, yammer, yawp
    snivel
    talk in a tearful manner
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    type of:
    complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  3. verb
    talk in a tearful manner
    synonyms: snivel
    grizzle, yammer, yawp
    complain whiningly
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  4. verb
    make a high-pitched, screeching noise
    “My car engine makes a whining noise”
    synonyms: creak, screak, screech, skreak, squeak
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    type of:
    make noise, noise, resound
    emit a noise
  5. verb
    move with a whining sound
    “The bullets were whining past us”
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
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