One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having a drawn-out, high-pitched, unpleasant sound.‘he speaks in a whiny, childish voice’‘my PC suddenly emits this horrible whiny noise’‘a nasal, whiny singer’
- ‘His whiny whimper and open-mouthed silent scream are priceless.’
- ‘The first clue that this isn't your average Disney film comes courtesy of the score, which features more dancing lutes than whiny violins.’
- ‘Each time a whiny pop tune unceremoniously and semi-incongruously intrudes upon the soundtrack, we passively accept the meretriciously commercial reasons for the tune's existence.’
- ‘The problem might be the whiny, nasally voice.’
- ‘She imitates his voice as a whiny, indecisive drawl.’
- 1.1 Having a complaining tone.‘without wanting to sound whiny, it's quite hard work’
- ‘Do you believe that parents should do what they think best and ignore whiny complaints from adolescent girls?’
- ‘On their debut, he sounded whiny as often as he sounded heroic.’
- ‘There are too many tracks which feel tired and whiny, while not enough goes on to suggest that the band is not on auto-pilot.’
- ‘For kids who grew up in the '90s, metal music means whiny frat boys half-rapping over oafish power chord dross.’
- ‘If you're looking for a record from whiny white kids lamenting the complete hopelessness of ever finding another significant other, please look elsewhere.’
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