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verb (used without object), puled, pul·ing.
  1. to cry in a thin voice; whine; whimper.
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Origin of pule

First recorded in 1525–35; perhaps imitative
Related formspul·er, noun
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Related Words for pule

whimper, cry, repine, whine, snivel, weep

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Historical Examples of pule

  • This was accomplished by the utterance of a pule hoo-noa, a tabu-lifting prayer.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii

    Nathaniel Bright Emerson

  • The priesthood, properly so called (Kahuna maoli, Kahuna pule), was hereditary.

British Dictionary definitions for pule


  1. (intr) to cry plaintively; whimper
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Derived Formspuler, noun

Word Origin for pule

C16: perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for pule


"cry in a thin, weak voice," 1530s, from French piauler (16c.) "to cheep, chirp," echoic (cf. Italian pigolare "to cheep as a chicken"). Related: Puled; puling.

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