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Topic: COLOURS AND SOUNDS

Language: Old English
Origin: hwinan 'to move through the air with a loud sound'

whine

verb
     
whine
1 [intransitive and transitive] to complain in a sad, annoying voice about something [= moan]:
Oh Charlotte, please stop whining.
'I don't understand,' whined Rose.
whine about
The sergeant was whining about how hard he had been forced to work recently.
2C [intransitive] to make a long high sound because you are in pain or unhappy:
He could hear the dog whining behind the door.
3C [intransitive] if a machine whines, it makes a continuous high sound
whine noun [countable]
The baby's howl turned to a high-pitched whine.
the whine of a vacuum cleaner
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