Complaint vs Whine - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between complaint and whine

is that complaint is a grievance, problem, difficulty, or concern; the act of complaining while whine is a long-drawn, high-pitched complaining cry or sound.

As a verb whine is

to utter a high-pitched cry.



(en noun)
  • A grievance, problem, difficulty, or concern; the act of complaining.
  • I have no complaints about the quality of his work, but I don't enjoy his company.
  • (legal) In a civil action, the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim is based;
    The purpose is to give notice to the adversary of the nature and basis of the claim asserted.
  • (legal) In criminal law, the preliminary charge or accusation made by one person against another to the appropriate court or officer, usually a magistrate.
    However, court proceedings, such as a trial, cannot be instituted until an indictment or information has been handed down against the defendant.
  • A consumer complaint.
  • A bodily disorder or disease; the symptom of such a disorder.
  • Don't come too close, I've got this nasty complaint .






    (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.


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