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whinge

noun

verb

Etymology summary

Middle English whinsen, from Old English hwinsian ("to whine"), from...
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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

whinge [informal] | winge [Australian] | whingeing [derived]

to cry in a fretful way | to complain | a complaint (10 of 436 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

whinge [British] | whinged [past tense] | whinging [present participle] | whingeing [present participle] | whine [synonym] | beef [synonym] | bellyache [synonym] | bitch [synonym] | bleat [synonym] | ...

to complain fretfully; "whine" (4 of 140 words, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

whinge | whinged [past tense] | whingeing [present participle] | whinging [present participle] | whinges [3rd-person singular present] | whingier [comparative] | whingiest [superlative] | whingeingly [derived] | whinger [derived] | ...

[British, informal] : | complain persistently and in a peevish or irritating way | an act of complaining persistently and peevishly (19 of 106 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

whinge | whinges [plural] | whinged [past tense] | whinging [present participle] | whingeing [present participle] | winge [sense-specific] | quhynge [Scottish, obsolete, sense-specific] | complain [synonym, sense-specific]

[British, Australian, New Zealand] A cry. | [British, Australian, New Zealand] A complaint. | [British, Australian, New Zealand] To complain, especially in an annoying or persistent manner. | [British, Australian, New Zealand] To whine. (31 of 64 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/whinge

Cambridge Dictionary:

whinge [British, informal, disapproving] | whingeing [past tense] | whinging [past tense]

to complain, especially about something which does not seem important (10 of 48 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/whinge

American Heritage Dictionary:

whinge [British] | whinged [past tense] | whinging [present participle] | whinges [3rd-person singular present] | whinger [noun, related] | whingingly [adverb, related]

To complain or protest, especially in an annoying or persistent manner. (11 of 34 words)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

whinge [intransitive, British, informal] | whinger [singular] | whinges [plural] | whingers [plural] | whinged [past tense] | whingeing [present participle]

to complain, especially in a way that annoys other people (10 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/whinge

New World Dictionary:

whinge

to whine | to complain | a whine or complaint (8 of 17 words, 3 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

whinge [Australian, slang] | whinged [past tense] | whinging [present participle]

to complain; whine. (3 of 13 words, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

whinge [British, informal] | whinged [past tense] | whingeing [present participle] | whinges [3rd-person singular present]

to complain annoyingly or continuously about something relatively unimportant (9 of 55 words, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Wiktionary:

whinge | whinges [plural] | whinged [past tense] | whinging [present participle] | whingeing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English whinsen, from Old English hwinsian ("to whine"), from Proto-Germanic *hwinisōną ("to whine"), from Proto-Germanic *hwīnaną ("to whizz, rush, swoosh, whine, hiss"), from Proto-Indo-European... (25 of 37 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

whinge [informal]

Origin: from a Northern variant of Old English hwinsian to whine; related to Old High German winsan, winisan, whence Middle High German winsen

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Merriam-Webster:

whinge [British] | whinged [past tense] | whinging [present participle] | whingeing [present participle]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Middle English *whingen, from Old English hwinsian; akin to Old High German winsōn to moan

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Oxford Dictionary:

whinge | whinged [past tense] | whingeing [present participle] | whinging [present participle] | whinges [3rd-person singular present] | whingier [comparative] | whingiest [superlative]

Origin: late Old English hwinsian, of Germanic origin; related to German winseln; compare with "whine"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/whinge

American Heritage Dictionary:

whinge [British] | whinged [past tense] | whinging [present participle] | whinges [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Dialectal alteration of Middle English whinsen, from Old English hwinsian.

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New World Dictionary:

whinge

Origin: Old English hwinsian from Germanic *hwinisōjan

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Encarta Dictionary:

whinge [British, informal] | whinged [past tense] | whingeing [present participle] | whinges [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English hwinsian "whine", an imitation of the sound of a whining dog

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

whinge [informal]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "whinge"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/whinge

Cambridge Dictionary:

whinge [British, informal, disapproving] | whingeing [past tense] | whinging [past tense]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "whinge"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "whinge"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/whinge

Macmillan British Dictionary:

whinge [intransitive, British, informal] | whinger [singular] | whinges [plural] | whingers [plural] | whinged [past tense] | whingeing [present participle]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "whinge"

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the Free Dictionary:

whinge

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "whinge"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "whinge"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "whinge" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

whinge | whinges [plural] | whinged [past tense] | whingeing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "whinge"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

whinge

Audio: North American pronunciation of "whinge"

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YourDictionary Audio:

whinge

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "whinge"

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