a low weak cry that a person or an animal makes when they are hurt, frightened or sad The puppy gave a little whimper of fear. She let out a whimper of pain. The animal gave a pathetic little whimper. (figurative) The whole affair ended less with a bang than with a whimper (= in a way that was not impressive). Word Origin early 16th cent.: from dialect whimp ‘to whimper’, of imitative origin.