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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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  • But that period going by, she became querulous about the cold, and shivered and whimpered.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • At such times he whimpered and snarled in his sleep, and they that looked on said that his dreams were bad.

    White Fang Jack London
  • White Fang sat down in the shadow of a birch and whimpered softly.

    White Fang Jack London
  • "Oh, don't say that, doctor," whimpered the poor withered creature on the bed.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • When I whimpered about my troubles she told me her own story.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "No, it's nothing to you," whimpered Kate, from behind both hands.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • "More milk, mammy," he whimpered, and then he imitated all kinds of baby prattle.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Cowed, like a hound at sight of the whip, Ramiro whimpered into silence.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • Over their heads the crazy night whimpered and scolded in an old man's voice.

    To-morrow Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for whimpered

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 whimpered

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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