whimper

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

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  • 2 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 …

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  • 3 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

  • 4 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 …

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  • 5 Whimper — Whim per, v. t. To utter in alow, whining tone. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 whimper — vb weep, *cry, blubber, wail, keen …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

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

    New thesaurus

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

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

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  • 10 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… …

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  • 11 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

  • 12 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.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 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 …

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  • 14 Whimper — Recorded in many spellings all though all are quite rare, and including Whimp, Whimper, Whimple, Wimp, Wimper, Wimple, Wimpy and Wimpey, this is an English surname. It has at least two origins. The first is occupational and describes a maker of… …

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  • 15 whimper — whim|per [ˈwımpə US ər] v [I and T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: From the sound] to make low crying sounds, or to speak in this way ▪ He heard the dog whimper. ▪ It s not my fault, she whimpered. >whimper n …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 whimper — verb (I) to make low crying sounds, or to speak in this way: The dog whimpered in the corner. | “Okay,” he managed to whimper. whimper noun (C) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 whimper — whimperer, n. whimperingly, adv. /hwim peuhr, wim /, v.i. 1. to cry with low, plaintive, broken sounds. v.t. 2. to utter in a whimper. n. 3. a whimpering cry or sound. [1505 15; obs. whimp to whine + ER6] Syn. 1. whine, weep, sob. 3 …

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  • 18 whimper — verb make a series of low, feeble sounds expressive of fear, pain, or discontent. noun a whimpering sound. Derivatives whimperer noun whimpering noun whimperingly adverb Origin C16: from dialect whimp to whimper , of imitative origin …

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  • 19 whimper — [ˈwɪmpə] verb [I] to make small sounds of pain, fear, or sadness whimper noun [C] …

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  • 20 whimper — whim•per [[t]ˈ(h)wɪm pər, ˈwɪm [/t]] v. i. 1) to cry with low plaintive sounds 2) to utter in a whimper 3) a whimpering sound • Etymology: 1505–15; obs. whimp to whine (of expressive orig.) + er VI whim′per•er, n. whim′per•ing•ly, adv …

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