whine / (h)wīn/ • n. a long, high-pitched complaining cry: the dog gave a small whine. ∎ a long, high-pitched unpleasant sound: the whine of the engine. ∎ a complaining tone of voice. ∎ a feeble or petulant complaint: a constant whine about the quality of public services.• v. [intr.] give or make a long, high-pitched complaining cry or sound: the dog whined and scratched at the back door. ∎ complain in a feeble or petulant way: [intr.] the waitress whined about the increased work | [with direct speech] “What about him?” he whined. DERIVATIVES: whin·er n.whin·ing·ly adv.whin·y adj.