whimper

whimper
whim|per1 [ `wımpər, `hwımpər ] verb
intransitive to make small sounds of pain, fear, or sadness:
The dog whimpered pitifully.
a. transitive to say something in a voice that expresses pain, fear, or sadness:
I want my mommy, the child whimpered.
whimper
whim|per 2 [ `wımpər, `hwımpər ] noun count
a small sound of pain, fear, or sadness:
She gave a little whimper of protest.
something ends with a whimper
if something ends with a whimper, it ends without success and no one notices or cares much

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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Synonyms:
(in low and broken tones),


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  • whimper — (v.) 1510s, probably of imitative origin, or from Ger. wimmern to whimper, moan. The noun is first recorded c.1700 …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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

  • whimper — [v] cry softly bleat, blubber, complain, fuss, mewl, moan, object, pule, snivel, sob, weep, whine; concepts 77,185 Ant. bawl …   New thesaurus

  • 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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