[ pyoo-ling ]

  1. whining; whimpering: a puling child.

Origin of puling

First recorded in 1520–30; pule + -ing2

Other words from puling

  • pul·ing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby puling

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How to use puling in a sentence

  • He regarded Smithson kindly, whereat that rather puling gentleman once again assumed his martial bearing.

    Within the Law | Marvin Dana