whimper

verb
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

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 Whenever the chair would hit a small bump, Mom would whimper in pain. Scott Bengston, Star Tribune, "A brief magic moment shared amid chaos," 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, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The final six Dodgers hitters went down without a whimper. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The stage was set for a Padres meltdown in L.A. They stole the spotlight instead," 24 Apr. 2021 His season has started with a whimper, much like previous Aprils. Star Tribune, "Twins organization gritting teeth and sticking by Miguel Sano, but for how long?," 14 Apr. 2021 The end is coming in more of a whimper than a bang—restaurants are being starved into extinction. Robert St. John, WSJ, "Closing Time for Bars and Restaurants," 25 Jan. 2021 The second year of Into the Dark started with a whimper, with one of their best concepts ending up hampered by bad execution. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "Which Into the Dark Episodes Are Worth Your Time?," 12 Feb. 2021 The major Asia indexes are closing out the week with a whimper, with the Hang Seng down 1.6%. Fortune, "Bitcoin bombs lower, touching the dreaded $30,000 range," 22 Jan. 2021 The major Asia indexes are closing out the week with a whimper, with Japan's Nikkei down 0.6%. Fortune, "The markets may be faltering, but these surprise stocks are taking off," 15 Jan. 2021 Just like that, the show was over with a relative whimper, a mixture of boos and cheers serenading the wrestlers. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "A legendary 1989 WWF match in Anchorage is one of the last holy grails in pro wrestling," 28 Dec. 2020 But with health officials warning against parties and extended family gatherings, some expect the year to finish with a whimper. John Ewoldt, Star Tribune, "Liquor stores neared sales records for 2020 as bars, restaurants closed," 26 Dec. 2020

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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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“Whimper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whimper. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for whimper

whimper

verb

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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