The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Whine \Whine\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Whined; p. pr. & vb. n.
Whining.] [OE. whinen, AS. hw[imac]nan to make a whistling,
whizzing sound; akin to Icel. hv[imac]na, Sw. hvina, Dan.
hvine, and probably to G. wiehern to neigh, OHG. wih[=o]n,
hweij[=o]n; perhaps of imitative origin. Cf. Whinny, v. i.]
To utter a plaintive cry, as some animals; to moan with a
childish noise; to complain, or to tell of sorrow, distress,
or the like, in a plaintive, nasal tone; hence, to complain
or to beg in a mean, unmanly way; to moan basely. "Whining
The hounds were . . . staying their coming, but with a
whining accent, craving liberty. --Sir P.
Dost thou come here to whine? --Shak.