Complain vs Whine - What's the difference?

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Whine is a synonym of complain.

As verbs the difference between complain and whine

is that complain is to express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment while whine is to utter a high-pitched cry.

As a noun whine is

a long-drawn, high-pitched complaining cry or sound.




(en verb)
  • To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
  • Joe was always complaining about the noise made by his neighbours.
  • * Milton
  • O loss of sight, of thee I most complain !
  • To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge.
  • They've complained about me to the police again.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Now, Master Shallow, you'll complain of me to the king?
  • To creak or squeak, as a timber or wheel.
  • the complaining bed-springs


    * grumble * grouse * grump * bitch * beef * gripe * whine * kvetch * moan * whinge * See also




    (en noun)
  • a long-drawn, high-pitched complaining cry or sound
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  • a complaint or criticism
  • Verb

  • To utter a high-pitched cry.
  • To make a sound resembling such a cry.
  • The jet engines whined at take off.
  • To complain or protest with a whine or as if with a whine.
  • To move with a whining sound.
  • The jet whined into the air.
  • To utter with the sound of a whine.
  • The child whined all his complaints.
    Kelly Queen was whining that the boss made him put on his tie.


    * See also