Definition of Moaning Minnie in English:

Moaning Minnie

noun

British
  • 1Informal. A siren or klaxon, especially (now historical) an air-raid siren.

  • 2Military slang. A kind of mortar or rocket launcher used by German forces in the Second World War (1939–45); especially = nebelwerfer.

  • 3Informal. A moaner, a complainer; a pessimist.

Origin

1940s. From moaning + Minnie, female forename, in sense 2 punningly after Minnie.

Pronunciation

Moaning Minnie

/ˌməʊnɪŋ ˈmɪni/