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Meaning of complaining by Wiktionary Dictionary




    1. Present participle of complain .

Explanation of complaining by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. expressing pain or dissatisfaction of resentment

    2. a complaining boss

    Definition of complaining by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Complain ( kŏmplān ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Complained ( kŏmplānd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Complaining.] [F. complaindre, LL. complangere; com- + L. plangere to strike, beat, to beat the breast or head as a sign of grief, to lament. See Plaint.]
      1. To give utterance to expression of grief, pain, censure, regret. etc.; to lament; to murmur; to find fault; -- commonly used with of. Also, to creak or squeak, as a timber or wheel.

      O loss of sight, of thee I most complain! Milton.

      2. To make a formal accusation; to make a charge.

      Now, Master Shallow, you'll complain of me to the king? Shak.

      Syn. -- To repine; grumble; deplore; bewail; grieve; mourn; regret; murmur.

    2. complaining ( kŏmplānĭmg ) adj. uttering complaints. Opposite of uncomplaining. [prenominal] [Narrower terms: faultfinding, grumbling( prenominal ): fretful, querulous, whiney, whining( prenominal ), whiny; protesting( prenominal ), protestant]

      Syn. -- complaintive.