Definition of whinge in US English:



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  • Complain persistently and in a peevish or irritating way.

    ‘stop whingeing and get on with it!’
    • ‘It's time some people stopped whingeing about this and that and got on with it.’
    • ‘Summer is the time for whingeing, so at the start of a new year let's change the tone and really give NASA something to probe!’
    • ‘It sounds like too much bitching, moaning, whingeing and whining.’
    • ‘When he went on to suggest there was a lot that was objectionable happening off the ball it only served to heighten a suspicion that he had been whingeing.’
    • ‘He asked why students were moaning and whingeing about the loans, and said they should just forget about them.’
    • ‘The sensible left should stop whingeing about that and admit that Brown did us all an enormous favour when he came up with the Treasury's five economic tests.’
    • ‘The idea that most stars are unhappy is not my experience, although it doesn't stop them from whingeing when they don't have it all their own way!’
    • ‘I also realised that by the end of the meal I had stopped whingeing about the lack of meat.’
    • ‘Contrary to the impression given, behind the scenes it was not just non-Test team players who got bored and whinged endlessly, but virtually all the players.’
    • ‘They are not whingeing and moaning like that member, who wants to make a political point.’
    • ‘Ok, time to stop whingeing, moaning and complaining about my life, cause its not that bad.’
    • ‘The vintners should stop whingeing and think about the non-smokers, who will now feel much happier about frequenting bars.’
    • ‘You've covered rugby I have been involved in for a long time. I've always had to compete for my position, but I've never been sour or whinged about it.’
    • ‘You have the power and you are not going to have it forever and stop crying and whingeing about other things.’
    • ‘It's like a 65-year-old man still whingeing about how his mother treated him when he was a baby.’
    • ‘Its members are really whingeing and whining on a clause that gives one law for all.’
    • ‘In truth, I think I was set to do a good grumpy and moanful act, complaining and whingeing about the invasion.’
    • ‘Someone was whingeing over at Tom Watson's site because I had described David Mellor as a ‘fat slug’.’
    • ‘At some point you have to stop whingeing and do something.’
    • ‘Of course, when that happens, we see the members opposite whingeing and moaning, as they are now.’
    complain, grouse, grouch, grumble, whine, moan, carp, mutter, murmur, whisper
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  • An act of complaining.

    • ‘Basically, it is the old whinge, whine, grizzle, and groan.’
    • ‘Make anyone who whinges pay a fine, and send the money to someone in a detention centre who's homeless and separated from their family.’
    • ‘Revenue from supporters is proportionately far less important than it was even 10 years ago, so the Premiership clubs care a little less about your petty gripes and whinges.’
    • ‘Too many times have I succumbed to their whinges about the Queen's speech, the poor quality of the Christmas films this year, and how they just can't handle the hangovers like they used to.’
    • ‘Can't for the life of me conjure up a complaint or a whinge, nothing to rant about.’
    • ‘Along the same tack, have taken a straw poll in our street, in return my neighbours had a whinge at me about the level of non resident illegal parking.’
    • ‘And if you think this is just a personal whinge, you may be correct.’
    • ‘Usually I like to have a good whinge about something.’
    • ‘I have just two whinges, one of which is fixable, one not.’
    • ‘Usually these are whinges about the availability of tea cakes, arrangements for visits by constituents or something similar.’
    • ‘They met the usual barrage of whinges on the doorsteps, but O'Leary observes that the ‘constant complaint’ of every previous election had disappeared.’
    • ‘Despite predictable whinges from Spain's intellectual elite, he supported Aznar's crackdown on ETA terrorists and their political allies.’
    • ‘I really was just having a whinge, nothing more.’
    • ‘As best I can deduce from reading Paul's repetitive whinges, his main gripe seems to be the adverse impact of labour market practices like casualisation, downsizing and outsourcing on GenXers like himself.’
    • ‘The list of female whinges is long, but amongst the most strident are: too much work, too little sex, too much pressure to look good and, inevitably, not enough help from our partners.’
    • ‘There will be all the normal whinges and possibly a few boardroom rogues, but Scotland ought to be cautiously optimistic about the new year.’
    • ‘Don't people realise that the reason our leaders are our leaders is that they are very clever, very capable, very important men, not to be bothered by phatic whinges from those in foreign lands?’
    • ‘I can't help having a whinge about the referee though.’
    • ‘Haven't had a whinge on this subject for ages, so, here we go.’
    • ‘This play is a whinge about whingers; a melodrama without drama.’
    complaint, grouse, moan, grouch, grumble, whine, carp, mutter, murmur, whisper
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Late Old English hwinsian, of Germanic origin; related to German winseln; compare with whine.