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English noun: whine

1. whine (communication) a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way


Broader (hypernym)complaint

English verb: whine

1. whine (motion) move with a whining sound

SamplesThe bullets were whining past us.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

2. whine (communication) talk in a tearful manner

ExamplesSam and Sue whine


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Verb groupgrizzle, whine, yammer, yawp

3. whine (perception) make a high-pitched, screeching noise

SamplesThe door creaked when I opened it slowly.
My car engine makes a whining noise.

Synonymscreak, screak, screech, skreak, squeak

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)make noise, noise, resound

4. whine (communication) complain whiningly

Synonymsgrizzle, yammer, yawp

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off

Verb groupsnivel, whine

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