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Pule \Pule\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Puled; p. pr. & vb. n. Puling.] [F. piauler; cf. L. pipilare, pipire, to peep, pip, chirp, and E. peep to chirp.]

  1. To cry like a chicken.

  2. To whimper; to whine, as a complaining child.

    It becometh not such a gallant to whine and pule.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"cry in a thin, weak voice," 1530s, from French piauler (16c.) "to cheep, chirp," echoic (compare Italian pigolare "to cheep as a chicken"). Related: Puled; puling.


n. A plaintive melancholy whine vb. To whimper or to whine.


v. cry weakly or softly; "she wailed with pain" [syn: wail, whimper, mewl]

Usage examples of "pule".

It turns out, of course, that Armado is himself in love with Jaquenetta, and he displays this in the approved manner of the puling stage lover.

And Mager Blakes horses went by jest lickety larup for the Torrent ingine house with old Brown driving, and then Flunk Ham came piling into the church and said, give me that roap and he puled like time, then sum peeple came runing in and said where is the fire, and Flunk he said we dident know, and then we herd the ingine and went out and they was the Torrent and the fountain and lots of men, and they said where in hel is the fire and nobody knowed where it was.

I thrashed that puling young patroon, too, for he saw me and refused my salute.

The hollowness and vanity of the fellow, his petty meanness and stupidity, his puling sentimentality and credulity, his bombastic air of a cock on a dunghill, his anaesthesia to all whispers and summonings of the spirit, above all, his loathsome clumsiness in amour--all these things must revolt any woman above the lowest.

He screamed abuse at the khagan: "Thou dolt, thou clodpoll, thou idiot puling mousling with fantasies of manhood!

Great hulking rampways made of timbers bound in iron creaked ponderously as they were puled and pushed on metal-rimmed wheels through the half-light, mobile pathways to the heights of the fortified bluff.

It looks like we got Esme back but I don’t know shes actin funny and quiet not like herself normally so Im keepin an Eye on her just in case Lily puled a farst one in the mirror.

Even when he puled and wailed, he never disgusted me by his childishness as you are doing, here and now.