[ hwim-per, wim- ]
/ ˈʰwɪm pər, ˈwɪm- /

verb (used without object)

to cry with low, plaintive, broken sounds.

verb (used with object)

to utter in a whimper.


a whimpering cry or sound.

Origin of whimper

1505–15; obsolete whimp to whine + -er6

Related forms

whim·per·er, nounwhim·per·ing·ly, adverbun·whim·per·ing, adjectiveun·whim·per·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for whimper


/ (ˈwɪmpə) /


(intr) to cry, sob, or whine softly or intermittently
to complain or say (something) in a whining plaintive way


a soft plaintive whine

Derived Forms

whimperer, nounwhimpering, nounwhimperingly, adverb

Word Origin for whimper

C16: from dialect whimp, of imitative origin
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