verb \ˈhwim-pər, ˈwim-\

: to make a quiet crying sound

: to complain in a weak or annoying way

whim·peredwhim·per·ing \-p(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of WHIMPER

intransitive verb
:  to make a low whining plaintive or broken sound
:  to complain or protest with or as if with a whimper

Examples of WHIMPER

  1. I could hear the puppy whimpering.
  2. She whimpered about having to get up early.
  3. Where are you going? she whimpered.

Origin of WHIMPER

First Known Use: 1513

Related to WHIMPER

Rhymes with WHIMPER



: a quiet crying sound

: a mild expression of complaint or protest

Full Definition of WHIMPER

:  a whimpering cry or sound
:  a petulant complaint or protest <the bill passed without a whimper>

Examples of WHIMPER

  1. I could hear the puppy's whimpers.
  2. <patiently posed for dozens of photographs without so much as a whimper>

First Known Use of WHIMPER

circa 1700


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