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whimper

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verb whim·per \ˈhwim-pər, ˈwim-\

Definition of whimper

whimpered

;

whimpering

play \-p(ə-)riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a low whining plaintive or broken sound

  3. 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.

Origin and Etymology of whimper

imitative


First Known Use: 1513


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whimper

noun whim·per

Definition of whimper

  1. 1 :  a whimpering cry or sound

  2. 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

Circa 1700

First Known Use of whimper

circa 1700



WHIMPER Defined for English Language Learners

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whimper

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verb whim·per \ˈhwim-pər, ˈwim-\

Definition of whimper for English Language Learners

  • : to make a quiet crying sound

  • : to complain in a weak or annoying way

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whimper

noun whim·per

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

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verb whim·per \ˈhwim-pər, ˈwim-\

Definition of whimper for Students

whimpered

;

whimpering

  1. :  to make a quiet crying sound


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whimper

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noun whim·per

Definition of whimper for Students

  1. :  a whining cry



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