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

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 Three varieties of whimpering white-boy singers join in too, with the heartthrob Shawn Mendes enticing Gen Y, the emo-ish rocker Ben Gibbard making millennials and Gen-Xers cry, and Randy Newman representing Chance’s not-insubstantial boomer base. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Chance the Rapper Wants You to Get Married," 30 July 2019 The pup was also given a wood pallet to stand on, which was allegedly added by McKee’s neighbors, who claimed Hank was crying and whimpering outside for four days while the reality star vacationed. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Mom 3's Mackenzie McKee 'Being Considered to Join' Teen Mom OG Cast 'Full-Time': Source," 12 July 2019 Canines show stress overtly — whimpering, quivering, escape attempts — and internally through increases in blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "What Science Says About Why You're Stressed and How to Cope," 21 June 2019 During the recording, which is almost eight minutes long, young children can be heard crying and whimpering while asking for Mommy and Daddy and Mami and Papi. Alix Langone, Time, "Listen to Audio of Children Separated From Their Parents Inside Border Patrol Facilities," 20 June 2018 The first time Tim Elliott saw Winx, the pit bull was whimpering in the corner of a north-side post office, shot in the face. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Dog found shot, covered in bleach adopted by IMPD officer who rescued him," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Summer, which for Hollywood runs from the first weekend in May to Labor Day, traditionally ends with a whimper as few new releases seek to draw audiences over the holiday weekend. Washington Post, "Hollywood’s summer ends 2% down despite Disney dominance," 1 Sep. 2019 Another officer who was present at the training exercise heard a whimper from Magnum, then noticed the dog struggling to walk, the report says. Ricky Pinela, orlandosentinel.com, "Deputy who resigned after injuring police dog won’t face criminal charges: report," 2 Aug. 2019 True to its source material and its shepherds, The Boys enters not with a whimper, or even a bang, but with a gout of viscera. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Amazon's The Boys Tests the Limits of Superhero Fatigue," 26 July 2019 And then, from somewhere in the back of the car, came a whimper. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What They Don't Tell You About Cross-Country Family Road Trips," 23 July 2018 Lollapalooza tends to end with a whimper — the four-day Chicago festival eventually takes a toll, even on the invincible youth that flood Grant Park. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lollapalooza 2019: Ariana Grande premieres 'Boyfriend' live, recovers from close wipeout, on final night," 5 Aug. 2019 Nearly everyone thought the aging Giants would send their iconic leader out with a whimper. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Bochy brings memories, along with his Giants, on final trip to San Diego," 26 July 2019 With Years and Years, writer Russell T Davies is instead working down amid the whimpers. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential," 11 July 2019 The whimpers might come from those disappointed that the always-impressive Swedish clarinetist Martin Frost has withdrawn from these concerts due to injury (and, hence, has ended his term as an SPCO artistic partner). Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Let the SPCO send you into summer with memorable Mozart," 8 June 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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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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