Definition of whimper noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈwɪmpə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪmpər//
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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 Originearly 16th cent.: from dialect whimp ‘to whimper’, of imitative origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: whimper

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