puling

[ pyoo-ling ]
/ ˈpyu lɪŋ /
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adjective

whining; whimpering: a puling child.

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Origin of puling

First recorded in 1520–30; pule + -ing2
Related formspul·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for puling (2 of 2)

pule

[ pyool ]
/ pyul /

verb (used without object), puled, pul·ing.

to cry in a thin voice; whine; whimper.

Origin of pule

First recorded in 1525–35; perhaps imitative
Related formspul·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for puling

pule

/ (pjuːl) /

verb

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

Word Origin for pule

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

pule


v.

"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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