whine Definition

  • 1to make a long, high-pitched complaining sound
  • 2to complain in an annoying way

Using whine: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "whine" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The dog whined at the door.

  • Example

    Stop whining and get to work.

  • Example

    She whined about the food being too spicy.

  • Example

    He always whines when he doesn't get his way.

whine Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with whine

  • wine and dine

    to entertain someone with good food and drink


    The company wined and dined their clients at a fancy restaurant.

  • to relax and unwind after a busy day


    I like to whine down with a good book before going to bed.

  • a play on words of 'wine and cheese', used to describe someone who complains excessively


    I don't want to hear any more of his whine and cheese about the project.


Summary: whine in Brief

To 'whine' [hwaɪn] is to make a high-pitched, complaining sound or to complain in an annoying way. It can be used to describe a person or animal's behavior, as in 'The dog whined at the door,' or to describe a person's attitude, as in 'Stop whining and get to work.' Other phrases include 'wine and dine,' meaning to entertain with good food and drink, and 'whine down,' meaning to relax and unwind.

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