complain VERB 1) express dissatisfaction or annoyance. 2) (complain of) state that one is suffering from (a symptom of illness).
DERIVATIVES complainer noun.
ORIGIN Old French complaindre, from Latin complangere 'bewail' .

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  • Complainer — Com*plain er (k[o^]m*pl[=a]n [ e]r), n. One who complains or laments; one who finds fault; a murmurer. Beattie. [1913 Webster] Speechless complainer, I will learn thy thought. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • complainer — index malcontent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 complainer …   Law dictionary

  • complainer — n. a chronic complainer * * * a chronic complainer …   Combinatory dictionary

  • complainer — [[t]kəmple͟ɪnə(r)[/t]] complainers N COUNT (disapproval) A complainer is someone who complains a lot about their problems or about things they do not like. He was a terrible complainer and used to make a great deal of his illness. Syn: moaner …   English dictionary

  • complainer — noun see complain …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • complainer — See complain. * * * …   Universalium

  • complainer — noun One who complains, or is known for their complaints. Syn: grumbler, squeaky wheel …   Wiktionary

  • complainer — Synonyms and related words: bellyacher, complainant, crab, crank, croaker, faultfinder, frondeur, griever, griper, grouch, grouser, growler, grumbler, kicker, kvetch, lamenter, malcontent, mourner, murmurer, mutterer, querulous person,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • complainer — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A person who habitually complains or grumbles: crab, faultfinder, grouch, growler, grumbler, grump, murmurer, mutterer, whiner. Informal: crank, griper, grouser. Slang: bellyacher, sorehead, sourpuss. See HAPPY …   English dictionary for students

  • complainer — n. one who complains; whiner, malcontent …   English contemporary dictionary

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