"How is this possible?" whimpered the old man. "I saw you die by the hands of our enemies. I thought you were a goner!"

I am seriously wondering if you can use the verb whimper that way. I am saying that, because it seems to mean

To cry or sob with soft intermittent sounds; whine

To complain.

Now, I've never seen it used to mean "complain" and I always see it being used as "say with intermittent sobs" or "say with pain", but the first definition doesn't match, because when you cry you don't talk. So is there a simple explanation for this?

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"so-and-so whimpered" is understood to mean that so-and-so was talking and whimpering, but not necessarily simultaneously. Hence, the definition is not contradictory.

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