whimpering; whimpered; whimpers

To whimper is to make a low, pitiful whining sound. If you've ever heard a sick puppy cry, you know what it means to whimper.

Use the verb whimper to describe the crying you do when you're frightened or in pain. A child with a fever might whimper, or a woman with a terrible migraine headache. It can also be a noun, although in that case the word takes on a bit of a whiny meaning: "The boy gave a whimper when he realized he was only getting one cookie." Whimper is onomatopoeic, or a word that sounds just like what it means.

Definitions of whimper
  1. verb
    cry weakly or softly
    synonyms: mewl, pule, wail
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    type of:
    cry, weep
    shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
  2. noun
    a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way
    synonyms: whine
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    type of:
    an expression of grievance or resentment
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