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
For several minutes, the wolves performed a duet, whimpering as my terrier
  would in-between howls.
Literally shaking and whimpering until the bike goes away.
The manuscript sits in the corner, alternately growling and sighing and
  whimpering.
With foreign currency scarce, factories are whimpering to a halt for want of
  fuel or imported spare parts.
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