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whimper

verb whim·per \ ˈhwim-pər , ˈwim- \

Definition of whimper

whimpered; whimpering play \-p(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to make a low whining plaintive or broken sound
2 :to complain or protest with or as if with a whimper

Examples of whimper in a Sentence

  1. I could hear the puppy whimpering.

  2. She whimpered about having to get up early.

  3. “Where are you going?” she whimpered.

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Origin and Etymology of whimper

imitative

whimper Synonyms

Synonyms
bleat, mewl, pule
Antonyms
crow, delight, rejoice
Related Words
fuss, sniffle, snivel, snuffle, whine; bawl, blub [chiefly British], blubber, cry, sob, weep; peep, squeak; yelp; mumble, murmur, mutter; groan, moan, sigh
Near Antonyms
scream, screech, shriek, squeal; howl, squall, wail, yowl; call, caterwaul, squawk; bellow, roar

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whimper

noun

Definition of whimper

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

Examples of whimper in a Sentence

  1. I could hear the puppy's whimpers.

  2. patiently posed for dozens of photographs without so much as a whimper

Recent Examples of whimper from the Web

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First Known Use of whimper

circa 1700



WHIMPER Defined for English Language Learners

whimper

verb

Definition of whimper for English Language Learners

  • : to make a quiet crying sound

  • : to complain in a weak or annoying way


whimper

noun

Definition of whimper for English Language Learners

  • : a quiet crying sound

  • : a mild expression of complaint or protest


WHIMPER Defined for Kids

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whimper

verb whim·per \ ˈhwim-pər , ˈwim- \

Definition of whimper for Students

whimpered; whimpering
:to make a quiet crying sound

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whimper

noun

Definition of whimper for Students

:a whining cry


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