AskDefine | Define whimper

The Collaborative Dictionary

Whimper \Whim"per\, v. t. To utter in alow, whining tone. [1913 Webster]
Whimper \Whim"per\, n. A low, whining, broken cry; a low, whining sound, expressive of complaint or grief. [1913 Webster]
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 were gainsayers that spurned, that winced, that whimpered against him? --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

whimper n : a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way [syn: whine] v : cry weakly or softly; "she wailed with pain" [syn: wail, mewl, pule]

Moby Thesaurus

bawl, blubber, boohoo, break down, burst into tears, cry, dissolve in tears, dolorous tirade, drop a tear, greet, groan, howl, jeremiad, keen, lament, moan, murmur, mutter, outcry, plaint, planctus, pule, scream, shed tears, snivel, sob, tirade, ululation, wail, wail of woe, weep, whine, yammer, yawp, yowl




  1. A low intermittent sob.


a low intermittent sob
  • Norwegian: klynk


  1. To cry or sob softly and intermittently.


to cry or sob softly and intermittently
  • French: gémir
  • Italian: piagnucolare
  • Norwegian: klynke
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