whim·per (wĭmpər, hwĭm-)
v. whim·pered, whim·per·ing, whim·pers
1. To cry or sob with soft intermittent sounds; whine.
2. To complain.
To utter in a whimper.
A low, broken, sobbing sound; a whine.
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