What does whimper mean?

Definitions for whimper
ˈʰwɪm pər, ˈwɪm-whim·per

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word whimper.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. whimper, whineverb

    a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way

  2. wail, whimper, mewl, puleverb

    cry weakly or softly

    "she wailed with pain"


  1. whimpernoun

    A low intermittent sob.

  2. whimperverb

    To cry or sob softly and intermittently.

  3. whimperverb

    To say something in a whimpering manner.

    "Master, please don't punish me!" he whimpered.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Whimperverb

    To cry without any loud noise.

    Etymology: wimmeren, German.

    The father by his authority should always stop this sort of crying, and silence their whimpering. John Locke.

    A laughing, toying, wheedling, whimp’ring she,
    Shall make him amble on a gossip’s message. Nicholas Rowe.

    In peals of thunder now she roars, and now
    She gently whimpers like a lowing cow. Jonathan Swift.


  1. whimper

    A whimper is a low, weak sound expressing pain, fear, distress, or discomfort, typically made by an animal or a person. It can also mean to complain or protest in a weak or unconvincing manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whimperverb

    to cry with a low, whining, broken voice; to whine; to complain; as, a child whimpers

  2. Whimperverb

    to utter in alow, whining tone

  3. Whimpernoun

    a low, whining, broken cry; a low, whining sound, expressive of complaint or grief

  4. Etymology: [Cf. Scot. whimmer, G. wimmern.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whimper

    hwim′pėr, v.i. to cry with a low, whining voice.—n. a peevish cry.—ns. Whim′perer, one who whimpers; Whim′pering, peevish crying.—adv. Whim′peringly.—Be on the whimper, to be peevish and ready to cry. [Scot. whimmer; Ger. wimmern; perh. from the root of whine.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whimper in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whimper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of whimper in a Sentence

  1. T. S. Eliot:

    This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.

  2. Pedro Freyre:

    It’s over and done in Miami. It died with a whimper.

  3. Steve Vladeck:

    Once again, the court's involvement in the 2020 election is going out with a whimper, not a bang.

  4. T. S. Eliot:

    This is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a whimper.

  5. Polk County:

    At that moment in time, we heard another volley and a woman scream and a baby whimper.

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