(redirected from whiny)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

whine about (someone or something)

To complain about someone or something in an irritating, childish, or peevish way. Stop whining about being bored, or I swear I will turn this car around and drive straight home! Timmy whined about his coworkers for the entire evening.
See also: whine

whine out

1. To utter some complaint in an irritating, peevish voice. A noun or pronoun can be used between "whine" and "out." The students all started whining out protests when I assigned them the essay. Maybe if you didn't whine your complaints out so churlishly, I'd actually take the time to consider them.
2. To emit some noise in a long, high-pitched manner. Can be used with or without a direct object. I could hear the dentist's drill whining out from the other side of the door, and it filled me with such fear and anxiety that I nearly ran out of the office. The old car whined out a feeble honk when I pressed on the horn.
See also: out, whine
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

whine about someone or something

to whimper or complain about someone or something. Please don't whine about Sally. She is sorry she couldn't come to your party, but it's not the end of the world. The dog is whining about its hurt paw.
See also: whine

whine something out

to say something in a whine; to say something, using a whine for a voice. She whined her complaint out so everyone could hear it. Jake whined out his usual complaints.
See also: out, whine
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
After getting a letter published on Network for Good's blog that became one of its most popular posts, The Whiny Donor realized that fundraisers might wel come a donor's perspective.
Children may be more likely to act whiny when they're hungry, or tired.
At a prestigious summer seminar I attended this year, I was disturbed to hear two African-Americans with doctorates say in a whiny voice that Black students at HBCUs need to "get over being Black".
Especially tasty is the roadhouse blues of "The Other Dame," with its whiny slide guitar and plaintive lyrics: "I am destined to be lonely/ Your love's not the only one/ I am righteous but I'm randy/ Your love tastes like candy/ Bring it on."
The entry of big players like Wal-Mart could prove the market-making moment when organics, once the whiny preserve of Birkenstockers and macrobiotic know-it-alls, go mainstream, opening up to the rest of us simple folk, who have vague aspirations of eating ethically but who often choke on the 50 to 100 percent organic premium.
A "Big Chill" without the dynamite acting, Bruce Leddy's debut indie "Shut Up and Sing" takes the yuppie manifesto's whiny self-absorption and ties it to a sitcom sensibility.
with their equally adorable cranky, whiny, loud, crying two-year-old girl.
Only engineers have the expertise to make these assessments and yet they are usually relegated to the distant corner of the meetings of decision makers or left to author whiny, unreadable letters.
He's making whiny noises / and thumping his tail like an amplified / heartbeat.
Who hasn't wanted to nod off while listening to her grandfather's favorite fishing story for the thousandth time or sought much-needed refuge from an array of whiny kids and overbearing parents?
I am especially moved by the whiny, self-centered tone of the letter ("The church in transit," NCR, May 28) by Mr.
He intends Eden Express to be something of an apologia for the 1960s-"We were not the spaced-out, flaky, self-absorbed, wimpy, whiny flower children depicted in movies and TV shows.
After all of his whiny outbursts and in-your-face defiance, James Traficant's 18-year tenure in the U.S.
Weird floppy bowl-shaped hair cut, whiny voice, vaguely uncomfortable suggestions made to female members of the audience.
"When kids get sleep-deprived they get whiny and they have very low frustration tolerance," Owens told the New York Times.