verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of whimper
Examples from the Web for whimper
Did the French monarchy end not with a bang—or a whimper—but a smile?
Democratic capitalism had won the Cold War not with a bang, but a whimper.The Man Who Knew Russia Best: George Kennan’s Revealing Diaries|James A. Warren|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In Kyushu, where the yakuza are deeply rooted, they are not leaving with a whimper, they are leaving with a bang.
Without a bang or a whimper, the Grand Bargain died this week.RIP: Obama’s Grand Bargain With the GOP on Entitlements|John Avlon|March 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is the way the World Economic Forum ends every year, not with a bang, but a whimper.
Christie moved slowly away toward her own house, but before she could reach the door she began to whimper—little fool.Christie Johnstone|Charles Reade
Rome may crawl and whimper at your feet—I, Cornelia, scorn you!Quintus Claudius, Volume 2 of 2|Ernst Eckstein
A bull terrier dying of gastritis recognized him and began to whimper feebly.McTeague|Frank Norris
But she gave up, and did nothing but whimper, and it maddened me.
Ejaculations of alarm were heard all round, and several of the girls began to whimper.Facing Death|G. A. Henty
Word Origin for whimper
1510s, probably of imitative origin, or from German wimmern "to whimper, moan." The noun is first recorded c.1700. Related: Whimpered; whimpering.