whimper

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

whimper

noun

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Yates’ streak reaches 21, Lions top La Marque for spot in III-4A tournament," 2 Mar. 2020 Chuck cried and whimpered and suddenly slipped out of his collar. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan couple didn't let COVID-19 stop their wedding: How they did it," 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, "Lonely Puppy Likely Dropped in Australian Yard by Bird Turns Out to Be a Wild Dingo," 4 Nov. 2019 By 1965, a few juveniles were rolling on their backs and whimpering for attention, just like puppies. Popular Science, "Did humans truly domesticate dogs? Canine history is more of a mystery than you think.," 10 Feb. 2020 To feel your heart breaking at the sight of a tiny gray-faced boy whimpering in front of a door—what does this do but secrete a little more misery into the atmosphere? Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 Louisville put together a decade full of strong teams, with the obvious exception of a dismal 2018, and Kentucky whimpered at the decade’s start but has now reached four straight bowl games. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Bowl wins highlight bright future for Bluegrass State's FBS teams," 31 Dec. 2019 But those surveillance feeds could not show what was happening in an underground tunnel, much less detect if Mr. al-Baghdadi was whimpering or crying. New York Times, "Watching the Raid Was Like a Movie, the President Said. Except There Was No Live Audio.," 27 Oct. 2019 And then my friend suddenly whimpered, and thanked God that there were still men and women who dedicated their lives to prayer, to praying for people who don’t dare even pray for themselves, lonely and resented men like himself. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Profound Loneliness of Christmas," 20 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Alabama’s four-game winning streak rolled back with a whimper Wednesday night in Baton Rouge. Outplayed in almost every aspect of the game, the Crimson Tide trailed by as many as 20 before falling 90-76 to No. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Alabama takes 14-point loss at LSU to end winning streak," 30 Jan. 2020 If that was the final Warriors’ home game this season played before a live audience, which is a possibility, the team and the fans went out with a bang, not with a whimper. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Flu fears take a backseat for one night as Warriors play to a rockin’ crowd," 7 Mar. 2020 The third impeachment trial in American history ended on Wednesday not with a bang but with a whimper. Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, "Post Impeachment, a Key Republican Suburban Area Rallies Around Trump," 8 Feb. 2020 Shortly after in 2016, the SGA died with a whimper—and the dream of a regional, Southern progressivism with it. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Mayors Fighting for a Progressive Vision of the South," 25 Sep. 2019 The otherwise brilliant Game of Thrones series ended more with a whimper than a bang. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: 2019 wasn’t the best or worst of times," 26 Dec. 2019 On this raucous night, the home team’s final gasp was more of a whimper. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers melt down when home field turns into Steeler mill," 13 Oct. 2019 The moment is violent, but more of a whimper than a bang. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "The MAGA Plot," 20 Sep. 2019 In her feature-directorial debut, Annabelle Attanasio, who also wrote the script, sidesteps the expected, as when one of Mickey’s crucial relationships ends with a gnarled whimper rather than the explosion that seemed entirely likely. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "‘Mickey and the Bear’ Review: Trapped in a Small Town, With Dad," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of whimper

Verb

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whimper

Verb

imitative

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The first known use of whimper was in 1513

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Last Updated

21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Whimper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whimper. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for whimper

whimper

verb
How to pronounce whimper (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of whimper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a quiet crying sound
: to complain in a weak or annoying way

whimper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whimper (Entry 2 of 2)

: a quiet crying sound
: a mild expression of complaint or protest

whimper

verb
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

whimper

noun

Kids Definition of whimper (Entry 2 of 2)

: a whining cry

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