whimper

verb
whim·​per | \ ˈhwim-pər How to pronounce whimper (audio) , ˈwim- \
whimpered; whimpering\ -​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 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 The people in her bedroom that evening began to whimper and eventually sob, as the color drained from Marieke’s face and her lips turned blue. Lynsey Addario, New York Times, "The Personal Toll of Photographing a Story About Euthanasia," 5 Dec. 2019 The buzz: The sad trombone that has whimpered throughout Rutgers’ season will fall silent after Saturday. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten football predictions: Will Michigan stun Ohio State? Who wins the West?," 28 Nov. 2019 The Cardinals whimpered into the offseason with their worst record since 1997 and their worst defense in even longer, becoming the first Power Five team to ever give up more than 50 points in five straight games. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: How improbable has Louisville football's bounce-back season been?," 19 Nov. 2019 Millan-Vazquez's children could be heard whimpering and crying in the background. David K. Li, NBC News, "Caught on tape: ICE officers break window, drag man out of vehicle in front of family," 23 July 2019 As the heat rises, Billy becomes more agitated, until, for a moment, the real Billy underneath begins whimpering. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Stranger Things Season 3," 5 July 2019 Laureano’s shin barked again in the A’s series in Cleveland back in May, then the pain whimpered. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Ramon Laureano hits IL and Oakland Athletics snap win streak against Brewers," 31 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 My five-year-old niece, looking crushed, whimpers to my sister, who hugs and tries to reassure her daughter. Ashley Braun, Longreads, "Research and Rescue: Saving Species from Ourselves," 24 Oct. 2019 In fact, there weren’t many whimpers or bangs during its six-year run. Travis M. Andrews, BostonGlobe.com, "How Newhart’s ‘quietly revolutionary’ sitcom changed TV," 3 May 2018 Bumgarner carried a shutout into the seventh, allowed a two-run Jorge Alfaro homer and took a no-decision in a 4-2 loss, another weak effort by a Giants offense that is ending the season with a whimper. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants fall weakly again as one mistake costs Bumgarner a shot at milestone Oracle win," 14 Sep. 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

2 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Whimper.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whimpered. Accessed 17 January 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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