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Whine vs wine

Whine and wine are two words that are pronounced the same way but have different meanings and spellings. They are homophones. We will examine the difference in meaning between whine and wine, where these words come from and some examples of their use in sentences.

A whine is a high-pitched cry or moan that is a complaint, a tone of voice that sounds like a complaint or a petulant complaint. Whine may also refer to a a high-pitched, annoying sound. Whine is also used as an intransitive verb, which is a verb that does not take an object, to mean to generate a high-pitched cry or moan that is a complaint, to speak in a tone of voice that sounds like a complaint or to make a petulant complaint. Related words are whines, whined, whining, whiner. The word whine is derived from the Old English word hwinan which refers to the whiz or whistle sound that an arrow makes when shooting through the air.

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Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented fruit or flowers, though most often it is made from grapes. Wine may also mean a color, similar to the color of red wine. Wine may also be used to mean to provide someone with wine, it is almost exclusively used in the phrase wine and dine to mean to provide someone with food and alcoholic beverages in a festive way or in the hope of obtaining some sort of favor from that person. Related terms are wines and dines, wined and dined, wining and dining. The word wine is derived from the Old English word win.

Examples

Managers, usually the ones who have had bad results like Jurgen Klopp, whine about the hectic schedule forced upon their players. (The Peterborough Telegraph)

In E-Power, the Panamera E-Hybrid is capable, Porsche says, of covering up to 31 miles on electricity alone, and it delivers a torquey and mostly serene driving experience, save for some electric-motor whine and an occasional and oddly robust vibration/thrum through the floor. (Car and Driver Magazine)

Proudly described by its creator as “revolutionising the world of wine with a blasphemous drink,” this blue wine was a big success, with sales of 100,000 bottles in 25 countries. (Forbes Magazine)

 

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