Middle English Dictionary Entry

whīnen v.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) To make sounds associated with pain, distress, sorrow, etc.; (b) to make various characteristic animal noises: of a dog: whine, whimper; of a pig: squeal; of a horse: whinny; of a human being: make sounds associated with various animals; biten and ~, ?act like a headstrong horse;—used with negative implications [last quot.] or probable sexual overtones [quot. c1395].