whimper

[hwim-per, wim-]
verb (used without object)
1.
to cry with low, plaintive, broken sounds.
verb (used with object)
2.
to utter in a whimper.
noun
3.
a whimpering cry or sound.

Origin:
1505–15; obsolete whimp to whine + -er6

whimperer, noun
whimperingly, adverb
unwhimpering, adjective
unwhimperingly, adverb


1. whine, weep, sob. 3. whine, sob.
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whimper (ˈwɪmpə)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to cry, sob, or whine softly or intermittently
2.  to complain or say (something) in a whining plaintive way
 
n
3.  a soft plaintive whine
 
[C16: from dialect whimp, of imitative origin]
 
'whimperer
 
n
 
'whimpering
 
n
 
'whimperingly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

whimper
1513, probably of imitative origin, or from Ger. wimmern "to whimper, moan." The noun is first recorded c.1700.
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Example sentences
It is mostly a long-drawn whimper from a fellow for whom you can't hold much
  regard.
But in comparison with earlier economic crackups, this crisis has packed an
  emotional wallop but only an intellectual whimper.
The undefended estate changed hands without a whimper.
All the hullabaloo for over half a decade, and it ends with a whimper.
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