[ hwis-per, wis-per ]
/ ˈʰwɪs pər, ˈwɪs pər /
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verb (used without object)
to speak with soft, hushed sounds, using the breath, lips, etc., but with no vibration of the vocal cords.
Phonetics. to produce utterance substituting breath for phonation.
to talk softly and privately (often implying gossip, slander, plotting, or the like): The king knew that the courtiers were whispering.
(of trees, water, breezes, etc.) to make a soft, rustling sound like that of whispering.
verb (used with object)
to utter with soft, low sounds, using the breath, lips, etc.: He whispered endearments to her.
Phonetics. to utter (speech sounds) substituting breath for phonation.
to say or tell in a whisper; tell privately.
to speak to or tell (a person) in a whisper or privately.
the mode of utterance, or the voice, of a person who whispers: to speak in a whisper.
a word or remark uttered by whispering.
a rumor or insinuation: Whispers circulated about the affair.
a soft, rustling sound like a whisper: the whisper of leaves in the wind.
Words nearby whisper
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Origin of whisper
before 950;Middle Englishwhisperen (v.), Old Englishhwisprian; cognate with Germanwispern; akin to Old Norsehviskra to whisper, hvīsla to whistle. See whine
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British Dictionary definitions for whisper
to speak or utter (something) in a soft hushed tone, esp without vibration of the vocal cords
(intr)to speak secretly or furtively, as in promoting intrigue, gossip, etc
(intr)(of leaves, trees, etc) to make a low soft rustling sound
(tr)to utter or suggest secretly or privatelyto whisper treason
a low soft voiceto speak in a whisper
something uttered in such a voice
a low soft rustling sound
a trace or suspicion
informala rumour or secret
Word Origin for whisper
Old English hwisprian; related to Old Norse hvīskra, Old High German hwispalōn, Dutch wispern
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Idioms and Phrases with whisper
see stage whisper.
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Words related to whisper
hint, innuendo, sigh, murmur, buzz, gossip, breath, shadow, whiff, suspicion, hiss, mutter, confide, mumble, disclosure, confidence, word, insinuation, susurration, hum
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