- whining; whimpering: a puling child.
Origin of puling
- to cry in a thin voice; whine; whimper.
Origin of pule
First recorded in 1525–35; perhaps imitative
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Examples from the Web for puling
Even the puling creature writhed under the lash of Mary's tones.Within the Law
But 'tis a puling fool, more fitting for the bowers of ladies.'King Arthur's Knights
A puling fool, not worthy even to breed her kind into the world.Nicanor - Teller of Tales
C. Bryson Taylor
What right has he to have a son like that when I have nothing but a puling girl?Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922
Lucy Maud Montgomery
These ideas will not suit the puling sentimentalism of the boudoir and the boarding-school.The Quadroon
- (intr) to cry plaintively; whimper
C16: perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for puling
"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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