- to cry with low, plaintive, broken sounds.
- to utter in a whimper.
- a whimpering cry or sound.
Origin of whimper
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Examples from the Web for whimper
Did the French monarchy end not with a bang—or a whimper—but a smile?The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
December 14, 2014
Democratic capitalism had won the Cold War not with a bang, but a whimper.The Man Who Knew Russia Best: George Kennan’s Revealing Diaries
James A. Warren
March 10, 2014
In Kyushu, where the yakuza are deeply rooted, they are not leaving with a whimper, they are leaving with a bang.Where Have Japan’s Yakuza Gone?
Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
March 9, 2014
Without a bang or a whimper, the Grand Bargain died this week.RIP: Obama’s Grand Bargain With the GOP on Entitlements
March 2, 2014
This is the way the World Economic Forum ends every year, not with a bang, but a whimper.Income Inequality Was Quickly Forgotten at Davos
January 26, 2014
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.
- (intr) to cry, sob, or whine softly or intermittently
- to complain or say (something) in a whining plaintive way
- a soft plaintive whine
Word Origin and History for whimper
1510s, probably of imitative origin, or from German wimmern "to whimper, moan." The noun is first recorded c.1700. Related: Whimpered; whimpering.