• To utter a high-pitched cry.
  • To make a sound resembling such a cry.
  • To complain or protest with a whine or as if with a whine.
  • To move with a whining sound.
  • To utter with the sound of a whine.


  • From Middle English whynen, hwinen, whinen, from Old English hwīnan, from Proto-West Germanic *hwīnan, from Proto-Germanic *hwīnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱwey-. Cognate with Old Norse hvína, whence Icelandic hvína, Norwegian hvine, Swedish vina, and Danish hvine.
  • Despite the strong similarity in sound and meaning, not related with German weinen, Dutch wenen, from *wainōną (for which see dialectal ween#Etymology 3).

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