from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To cry or sob with soft intermittent sounds; whine. See Synonyms at cry.
- intransitive v. To complain.
- transitive v. To utter in a whimper.
- n. A low, broken, sobbing sound; a whine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A low intermittent sob.
- v. To cry or sob softly and intermittently.
- v. To say something in a whimpering manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To cry with a low, whining, broken voice; to whine; to complain.
- transitive v. To utter in alow, whining tone.
- n. A low, whining, broken cry; a low, whining sound, expressive of complaint or grief.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To produce a sound resembling a whimper.
- To cry with a low, whining, broken voice; make a low, complaining sound.
- To tell tales.
- To utter in a low, whining, or crying tone.
- n. A low, peevish, broken cry; a whine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way
- v. cry weakly or softly
With a contented feline yawn, Serena curled up for a nap but was suddenly interrupted by a whimper from the floor of the living room.
Just then one of journalists heard a small whimper from the back of the class.
a block of it, anyway, when we met two little boys about ten years old -- perhaps one was a little older; one looked about ten, and the other about eleven, or perhaps even twelve, although I think ten would come nearer to it -- and they asked us in a tone between a whine and a cry -- the word whimper more nearly describes it -- if we would buy either
The whimper is the cowardice and bleating of the Americans like sheep even though it is their policies of Colonialism with its theft and murder that brought on 9/11.
We didn't think it was -- having won the cold war, we didn't -- we didn't want to see things go out with a bang, we wanted to see them go out with a whimper, which is the way they went out.
I thought there might be another JohnnyRussia out there, but the "whimper" characterization pretty much nails you.
And, just sayin, cuz Mr. Grammar isn't around, don't you mean "whimper"?
Rohan: just out of curiosity, can you name ten times a hero's died a non-heroic "whimper" death in a Marvel comic, pre-Disassembled?
They brought in well known California Litigator Carlos F. Negrete to take over as lead trial attorney - and Aetna started to seriously "whimper"...
Dumbledore, you - you will need to tell me exactly - the Fountain of Magical Brethren - what happened? 'he added in a kind of whimper, staring around at the floor, where the remains of the statues of the witch, wizard and centaur now lay scattered.