Whining is a noise made when someone is in pain or discomfort, either physical or emotional. This may include even mild discomfort such as being bored, or having a fit of temper without much of an external stimulus. Whining is typical of children, but in certain situations adults too can whine.

Whining is different from crying in that no tears are shed. Whining is often partially involuntary and partially voluntary (to complain or to express and communicate one's discomfort). Whining can be an unarticulated vowel, a groan, a moan, or a word-like utterance such as "ow". In vowel-style whining, practically any vowel or diphthong may be used, e.g. "ah", "er", "ee", "ay", "oh", "oo". Animals, too, can whine, for example dogs.

Even normal speech (such as "Why do I always have to clean up my room?") can be called whining when it is uttered in a lamenting tone of voice. Loud unvoluntary whining combined with crying is known as snivelling or sobbing. Loud, intense vowel-style whining (with or without crying) is known as wailing.

Whining in spanking and BDSM playEdit

In consensual spanking or BDSM play, whining may be welcome or may be unwelcome, depending on the case. In BDSM, one method to stop the bottom from whining is to use a gag, e.g. a ball gag or stuff gag.

Whining is often associated with childishness and is therefore usually welcome in age regression and ageplay.


  • to grouch
  • to lament
  • to moan
  • to pule
  • to snivel
  • to sob
  • to wail
  • to whimper
  • to whine
  • to whinge (coll.)
  • to yammer (coll.)
  • to yip
  • to yowl