- verb to complain in a whining voice
- noun a complaint, a bout of self-pity
- verb to complain or make excuses, especially in a wheedling tone. A blend of ‘whine’ and ‘cringe’ which existed for some time in Australian usage before becoming established in Britain in the second half of the 1970s. The word was originally often found in the Australian phrase ‘whingeing Pom’, describing the perpetually complaining British immigrant.