[hwim-per, wim-]

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 formswhim·per·er, nounwhim·per·ing·ly, adverbun·whim·per·ing, adjectiveun·whim·per·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for whimper

1. whine, weep, sob. 3. whine, sob.
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Related Words for whimpered

moan, weep, bleat, sob, fuss, pule, object, whine, snivel, blubber, complain, mewl

Examples from the Web for whimpered

Contemporary Examples of whimpered

Historical Examples of whimpered

  • But that period going by, she became querulous about the cold, and shivered and whimpered.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • At such times he whimpered and snarled in his sleep, and they that looked on said that his dreams were bad.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • White Fang sat down in the shadow of a birch and whimpered softly.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • "Oh, don't say that, doctor," whimpered the poor withered creature on the bed.

  • When I whimpered about my troubles she told me her own story.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for whimpered



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


a soft plaintive whine
Derived Formswhimperer, nounwhimpering, nounwhimperingly, adverb

Word Origin for whimper

C16: from dialect whimp, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whimpered



1510s, probably of imitative origin, or from German wimmern "to whimper, moan." The noun is first recorded c.1700. Related: Whimpered; whimpering.

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