from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To whine; whimper.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To peep or pipe plaintively, as a chick.
  • To cry as a complaining child; whine; whimper.
  • To utter in a whining or querulous manner: with out.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To cry like a chicken.
  • intransitive verb To whimper; to whine, as a complaining child.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A plaintive melancholy whine
  • verb To whimper or to whine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cry weakly or softly


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps from French piauler, of imitative origin.]


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  • Pie + yule, created by Hugh Neutron on the Jimmy Neutron show, added to the list of "non-demoninational holidays" - though i think most Wordies list it with the "whining, whimpering" definition.

    December 9, 2006

  • a synonym and rhyme for mewl. hm!

    June 15, 2009