The puling voice is crushed by the chorus, which protests that the heavens are above Count Orso.
Nay, if I die, let me die like a man, not like a puling girl.
A bully, a coward, a puling milksop, is all the character he beareth.
I was a fool ever to have got mixed up with such a white-livered, puling baby.
There will be no half-way measures, no puling hesitation, no weakness, and it will be a fight to the death in the open.
If there be one thing for which I profess no sympathy, it is puling sentiment.
The vision of no puling fantastic girl, of no sick-bed somnambule, but of a strong man, with a vigorous brain.
It was a helpless, puling, tender thing, demanding his sympathy and his love.
A puling fool, not worthy even to breed her kind into the world.
At home, the children lay in her arms or tumbled at her heels, puling and foul.
"cry in a thin, weak voice," 1530s, from French piauler (16c.) "to cheep, chirp," echoic (cf. Italian pigolare "to cheep as a chicken"). Related: Puled; puling.