Origin of whimperuncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to whine
- The definition of a whimper is a soft, feeble cry, or an anticlimactic or mild ending.
- A low volume crying sound is an example of a whimper.
- A book that ends in a mild and boring manner is an example of a book that ends with a whimper.
- To whimper is to make a low, soft feeble cry or sound usually because you are sad, in pain or otherwise unhappy.
When you feel very sick and let out a very small cry of pain, this is an example of a time when you whimper.
verbwhim·pered, whim·per·ing, whim·pers
- To cry or sob with soft intermittent sounds; whine.
- To complain.
Origin of whimperProbably imitative
(third-person singular simple present whimpers, present participle whimpering, simple past and past participle whimpered)
- Even though these are virtual dogs composed of lines of code and polygons, they still tug at your heart and make onlookers coo and whimper at their cuteness.
- Suddenly, you hear a faint electrical whimper and your screen is now pictureless and void.
- Perhaps I was being unfair but everything we'd been able to do was close to ending with a sad whimper, due to the greed of this woman.
- She started to groan with pleasure, but it came out more an eager whimper that sent a rush of heat to her face.
- The puppy let out a plaintive whimper when the girl stepped on its foot.