"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
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?