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Related to puling: pulling, abreast, unabashedly, hard headed


intr.v. puled, pul·ing, pules
To whine; whimper.

[Perhaps from French piauler, of imitative origin.]

pul′er n.
References in classic literature ?
At this bitter sight Maimie stopped blankly, as if all her lapful of darling treasures were suddenly spilled, and then for very disdain she could not sob; in a swell of protest against all puling cowards she ran to St.
His first experiences in the world as a puling puppy, had taught him that Biddy, his mother, and his father Terrence, hated niggers.
He will sow his wild oats," she would say, "and is worth far more than that puling hypocrite of a brother of his.
He laughed gaily, showing his even teeth, and puling his cap over the thin place, went out and got into his carriage.
And the place, the crazy hole, wherever it was, in which miserable drabs brought forth the life and health so often denied to themselves--gave birth to puling children for the parish to rear; and hid their shame, rot 'em in the grave
This was the man who had been the main instrument in forcing his sister to wed me; well knowing that her heart was given to that puling boy.
He said he saw a charred dead body being puling out of the rubble.
The device, a new form of ornithopter has wings that push downwards instead of flapping, mimicking the puling movements of a swimming jellyfish.