whimper
I. intransitive verb (whimpered; whimpering) Etymology: imitative Date: 1513 1. to make a low whining plaintive or broken sound 2. to complain or protest with or as if with a whimper II. noun Date: circa 1700 1. a whimpering cry or sound 2. a petulant complaint or protest <
the bill passed without a whimper
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(in low and broken tones),


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  • whimper — [hwim′pər, wim′pər] vi. [? akin to WHINE] to make low, whining, broken sounds, as in crying or in fear vt. to utter or say with a whimper n. a whimpering sound or cry SYN. CRY whimperingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • Whimper — Whim per, n. A low, whining, broken cry; a low, whining sound, expressive of complaint or grief. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whimper — Whim per, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Whimpered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whimpering}.] [Cf. Scot. whimmer, G. wimmern.] To cry with a low, whining, broken voice; to whine; to complain; as, a child whimpers. [1913 Webster] Was there ever yet preacher but there …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whimper — Whim per, v. t. To utter in alow, whining tone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whimper — vb weep, *cry, blubber, wail, keen …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • whimper — ► VERB ▪ make a series of low, feeble sounds expressive of fear, pain, or discontent. ► NOUN ▪ a whimpering sound. ORIGIN imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • whimper — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ little, slight (esp. AmE), small, soft (esp. AmE) ▪ frightened (esp. AmE), pathetic VERB + WHIMPER …   Collocations dictionary

  • whimper — I UK [ˈwɪmpə(r)] / US [ˈwɪmpər] / US [ˈhwɪmpər] verb Word forms whimper : present tense I/you/we/they whimper he/she/it whimpers present participle whimpering past tense whimpered past participle whimpered a) [intransitive] to make small sounds… …   English dictionary

  • whimper — [[t](h)wɪ̱mpə(r)[/t]] whimpers, whimpering, whimpered 1) VERB If someone whimpers, they make quiet unhappy or frightened sounds, as if they are about to start crying. She lay at the bottom of the stairs, whimpering in pain... [V ing] He made… …   English dictionary

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