verb (used without object), pined, pin·ing.

  1. to yearn deeply; suffer with longing; long painfully (often followed by for): to pine for one’s home and family.
  2. to fail gradually in health or vitality from grief, regret, or longing (often followed by away): Separated by their families, the lovers pined away.
  3. Archaic. to be discontented; fret.

verb (used with object), pined, pin·ing.

  1. Archaic. to suffer grief or regret over.


  1. Archaic. painful longing.


  1. any evergreen resinous coniferous tree of the genus Pinus, of the N hemisphere, with long needle-shaped leaves and brown cones: family PinaceaeSee also longleaf pine, nut pine, pitch pine, Scots pine
  2. any other tree or shrub of the family Pinaceae
  3. the wood of any of these trees
  4. any of various similar but unrelated plants, such as ground pine and screw pine


  1. (intr; often foll by for or an infinitive) to feel great longing or desire; yearn
  2. (intr often foll by away) to become ill, feeble, or thin through worry, longing, etc
  3. (tr) archaic to mourn or grieve for


  1. Courtney. born 1964, British jazz saxophonist and clarinettist

n.“coniferous tree,” Old English pin (in compounds), from Old French pin and directly from Latin pinus “pine, pine-tree, fir-tree,” perhaps in reference to the sap or pitch, from PIE *peie- “to be fat, swell” (see fat (adj.)). Cf. Sanskrit pituh “juice, sap, resin,” pitudaruh “pine tree,” Greek pitys “pine tree.” Also cf. pitch (n.1). Pine-top “cheap illicit whiskey,” first recorded 1858, Southern U.S. slang. Pine-needle (n.) attested from 1866. v.Old English pinian “to torture, torment, afflict, cause to suffer,” from *pine “pain, torture, punishment,” possibly ultimately from Latin poena “punishment, penalty,” from Greek poine (see penal). A Latin word borrowed into Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch pinen, Old High German pinon, German Pein, Old Norse pina) with Christianity. Intransitive sense of “to languish, waste away,” the main modern meaning, is first recorded early 14c. Related: Pined; pining.

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