Whimper vs Yammer - What's the difference?

whimper | yammer |

As nouns the difference between whimper and yammer

is that whimper is a low intermittent sob while yammer is the act or noise of yammering.

As verbs the difference between whimper and yammer

is that whimper is to cry or sob softly and intermittently while yammer is to complain peevishly.




(en noun)
  • A low intermittent sob.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To cry or sob softly and intermittently.
  • The lonely puppy began to whimper as soon as we left the room.
  • * 1886 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), (Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde)
  • At the sight of Mr. Utterson, the housemaid broke into hysterical whimpering ; and the cook, crying out "Bless God! it's Mr. Utterson," ran forward as if to take him in her arms.
  • To cry with a low, whining, broken voice; to whine; to complain.
  • * Latimer
  • Was there ever yet preacher but there were gainsayers that spurned, that winced, that whimpered against him?
  • To say something in a whimpering manner.
  • "Master, please don't punish me!" he whimpered .


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * whimperative




    (en verb)
  • To complain peevishly.
  • To talk loudly and persistently.
  • To repeat on and on, usually loudly or in complaint.
  • (rare) To make an outcry; to clamor.
  • * 1951 , publication), part V: “The Merchant Princes”, chapter 17, page 182, ¶ 1
  • It was a ship, but a whale to the Dark Nebula ’s minnow; and on its side was the Spaceship-and-Sun of the Empire. Every alarm on the ship yammered hysterically.


    * (complain) whine, grumble * (repeat) prattle, babble, yak * See also


  • The act or noise of yammering.
  • A loud noise.
  • One who yammers.
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