[ hwim-per, wim- ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to cry with low, plaintive, broken sounds.

verb (used with object)
  1. to utter in a whimper.

  1. a whimpering cry or sound.

Origin of whimper

1505–15; obsolete whimp to whine + -er6

Other words for whimper

Other words from whimper

  • whim·per·er, noun
  • whim·per·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·whim·per·ing, adjective
  • un·whim·per·ing·ly, adverb

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How to use whimper in a sentence

  • The tears ran down her cheeks and she whimpered like a child.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "I—ha'—I ha' seed a ghost, or—summat," she panted and whimpered.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's | Frances Hodgson Burnett

British Dictionary definitions for whimper


/ (ˈwɪmpə) /

  1. (intr) to cry, sob, or whine softly or intermittently

  2. to complain or say (something) in a whining plaintive way

  1. a soft plaintive whine

Origin of whimper

C16: from dialect whimp, of imitative origin

Derived forms of whimper

  • whimperer, noun
  • whimpering, noun
  • whimperingly, adverb

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