whinge


to complain

TRANSLATION

to whinge = jammern, meckern, nörgeln, quengeln whingeing and whining = Ach und Weh schreien

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

Kill or cure. Internet users WHINGE about passwords but are none too keen on the alternatives. Good news for crooks.

The Economist

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Toddlers scream, children WHINGE, and teenagers complain.

Emma Baty, Redbook

Did you
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whinge (British informal)
verb

- to complain persistently and in a peevish or irritating way.

Oxford English Dictionaries

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ORIGIN

Whinge isn't just a spelling variant of "whine." "Whinge" and "whine" are actually entirely different words with separate histories.

"Whine" traces to an Old English verb, "hwinan," which means "to make a humming or whirring sound." When "hwinan" became "whinen" in Middle English, it meant "to wail distressfully"; "whine" didn't acquire its "complain" sense until the 16th century.

"Whinge," on the other hand, comes from a different Old English verb, "hwinsian," which means "to wail or moan discontentedly."

"Whinge" retains that original sense today, though nowadays it puts less emphasis on the sound of the complaining and more on the discontentment behind the complaint.

Merriam-Webster

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SYNONYMS

beef, complain, bellyache, bitch, fuss, gripe, grizzle, grouch, grouse, growl, grumble, grump, murmur, mutter, nag, whinge, yammer

Noises of discontent:

holler, moan, bleat, carp, croak, scream, squawk, squeal, wail, whimper, whine, yowl

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