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whimper

[hwim-per, wim-] /ˈʰwɪm pər, ˈwɪm-/
verb (used without object)
1.
to cry with low, plaintive, broken sounds.
verb (used with object)
2.
to utter in a whimper.
noun
3.
a whimpering cry or sound.
Origin of whimper
1505-1515
1505-15; obsolete whimp to whine + -er6
Related forms
whimperer, noun
whimperingly, adverb
unwhimpering, adjective
unwhimperingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. whine, weep, sob. 3. whine, sob.
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  • Gave it up, as you did, without a whimper or even a whisper?

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I might be a "Babe in the Wood," but he should not have the satisfaction of hearing me whimper.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "Your father is nothing but an ache and a stound to you, lass," Sim would say in a whimper.

  • Ralph would rather have heard him whimper and shuffle as he had done before.

  • Liza, frightened again, began once more to whimper prettily.

British Dictionary definitions for whimper

whimper

/ˈwɪmpə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to cry, sob, or whine softly or intermittently
2.
to complain or say (something) in a whining plaintive way
noun
3.
a soft plaintive whine
Derived Forms
whimperer, noun
whimpering, noun
whimperingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from dialect whimp, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whimper
v.

1510s, probably of imitative origin, or from German wimmern "to whimper, moan." The noun is first recorded c.1700. Related: Whimpered; whimpering.

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