whim·​per | \ ˈ(h)wim-pər How to pronounce whimper (audio) \
whimpered; whimpering\ ˈ(h)wim-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce whimper (audio) \

Definition of whimper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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



Definition of whimper (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a whimpering cry or sound
2 : a petulant complaint or protest the bill passed without a whimper

Examples of whimper in a Sentence

Verb I could hear the puppy whimpering. She whimpered about having to get up early. “Where are you going?” she whimpered. Noun I could hear the puppy's whimpers. patiently posed for dozens of photographs without so much as a whimper
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Another shell landed and a woman sitting on the steps, gripping a cane, began to whimper. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 23 July 2022 Teddy’s response is to whimper; there’s no flinching or cowering. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 25 Apr. 2020 There’s a long alfresco sequence of a crowded lunch, groaning with good food and gossip, that will cause most moviegoers to whimper with envy and yearning. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 26 Nov. 2021 Whenever the chair would hit a small bump, Mom would whimper in pain. Scott Bengston, Star Tribune, 3 Aug. 2020 This game started like many Yates games start - the opponent shows spunk before hope of quieting the Lions and this streak goes from plentiful to whimpering. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, 2 Mar. 2020 Chuck cried and whimpered and suddenly slipped out of his collar. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, 30 Mar. 2020 In August, the small canine was found whimpering in the yard of a home in Wandiligong, a city in Australia’s state of Victoria, according to CNN. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 4 Nov. 2019 By 1965, a few juveniles were rolling on their backs and whimpering for attention, just like puppies. Popular Science, 10 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In with a bang, out with a whimper? In Alibaba’s case, Beijing may consider the giant e-commerce company with data on over a billion users too sensitive to receive foreign scrutiny, teeing the firm up for delisting. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 1 Aug. 2022 Unfortunately for the Celtics, Pritchard went out with a whimper following a strong start to the postseason. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 27 June 2022 But one thing is clear: The senator’s big play for attention is ending with a whimper, not a bang. Joseph Thorndike, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Betts closed out a historic May that included 12 home runs and 10 doubles — the 22 extra-base hits are a Dodgers record — with a whimper. Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2022 With a whimper: The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday again rejected a state legislative map submitted by Republicans on the Ohio Redistricting Commission, Jeremy Pelzer and Andrew Tobias write. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 26 May 2022 He could get distracted by other projects and leave with a whimper, similar to his departure from the Endeavor Holdings board last year. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2022 With Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro sidelined, and Morris missing an 11th consecutive game due to the whiplash sustained in that Denver dustup, the Heat ultimately went down with another whimper, this time 120-111 at FTX Arena. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 30 Nov. 2021 That Monday night, there was no bang, but certainly no whimper. Hannah Edgar, chicagotribune.com, 6 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of whimper


1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Whimper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whimper. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for whimper


whim·​per | \ ˈhwim-pər How to pronounce whimper (audio) , ˈwim- \
whimpered; whimpering

Kids Definition of whimper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a quiet crying sound



Kids Definition of whimper (Entry 2 of 2)

: a whining cry

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