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What is the word for act of "demanding for something (many be a toy) repeatedly along with a monotonous sound (not very loudly and not crying)"?

I guess 'whine', 'whimper', or, 'solicit' would not be applicable.

Is that 'nagging'?

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"Normal child", of course. –  Kris Apr 11 at 5:05
    
The Raineys, Q&A: The Persistent Child familylife.com/articles/topics/parenting/challenges/… –  Kris Apr 11 at 5:09
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The verb is to pester:

pester : (transitive) To bother, harass or annoy persistently.

A mother might say to her child, "If you stop pestering me about it, I might consider it."

A more protracted and calculated persistent request for something might be called a campaign

campaign : a connected series of operations designed to bring about a particular result

Suzy has been campaigning to get that doll for two months straight.

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Both nagging and pestering would fit.

nag: to annoy by persistent faultfinding, complaints, or demands.

pester: trouble or annoy (someone) with frequent or persistent requests or interruptions


And there is a phenomenon called "pester power":

the ability possessed by a child to nag a parent relentlessly until the parent succumbs and agrees to the child's request

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A whining child was called a carker but the term is now defined as burdensome, annoying Examples of CARKING

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Consider "badgering" and "begging."

badger: to ask or tell someone again and again to do something.

beg: to ask (something) in a very serious and emotional way for something needed or wanted very much.

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The Italians have this great word, frignare, which describes to a T that low whining, nenene whimpering noise that annoying spoilt children often make when they are demanding something, usually attention.

The equivalent in English would be either whinge or whine.

  • Whine a long, high-pitched complaining cry
  • Whinge Complain persistently and in a peevish or irritating way

You could add the two together and say:

Their three-year-old doesn't stop whinging and whining. She (or he) is driving me nuts

Whinging and whining

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Does my answer appear unsympathetic? I actually like kids, but erm... I had the most spoilt niece ever, she only stopped whining when she got into university. –  Mari-Lou A Apr 11 at 7:38
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The word I distinctly remember being used most is craze . He keeps crazing me for a baby elephant.

But I am not sure if that is peculiar to an East Anglian use of craze, or if it is normal across the UK.

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