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

v cry weakly or softly

mewl, pule, wail
Type of:
cry, weep
shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain

n a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way

Type of:
an expression of grievance or resentment

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