- to cry with low, plaintive, broken sounds.
- to utter in a whimper.
- a whimpering cry or sound.
Origin of whimper
1505–15; obsolete whimp to whine + -er6
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1. whine, weep, sob. 3. whine, sob.
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Examples from the Web for whimpered
“I am utterly miserable,” Fitzgerald whimpered in a letter to Mankiewicz.‘The Counselor’ & How Cormac McCarthy Beat the Hollywood Curse
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But that period going by, she became querulous about the cold, and shivered and whimpered.Little Dorrit
At such times he whimpered and snarled in his sleep, and they that looked on said that his dreams were bad.
White Fang sat down in the shadow of a birch and whimpered softly.
"Oh, don't say that, doctor," whimpered the poor withered creature on the bed.The Eternal City
When I whimpered about my troubles she told me her own story.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (intr) to cry, sob, or whine softly or intermittently
- to complain or say (something) in a whining plaintive way
- a soft plaintive whine
C16: from dialect whimp, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whimpered
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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