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whim·per / ˈ(h)wimpər/ • v. [intr.] (of a person or animal) make a series of low, feeble sounds expressive of fear, pain, or discontent: a child in a bed nearby began to whimper. ∎  [with direct speech] say something in a low, feeble voice expressive of such emotions: “He's not dead, is he?” she whimpered.• n. a low, feeble sound expressive of such emotions: she gave a little whimper of protest. ∎  (a whimper) a feeble or anticlimactic tone or ending: their first appearance in the top flight ended with a whimper rather than a bang.DERIVATIVES: whim·per·er n.whim·per·ing·ly adv.

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