simper


1sim·per

verb \ˈsim-pər\

: to smile in a way that is not sincere or natural

: to say (something) in a way that is not sincere or natural

sim·peredsim·per·ing \-p(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of SIMPER

intransitive verb
:  to smile in a silly manner
transitive verb
:  to say with a simper <simpered an apology>
sim·per·er \-pər-ər\ noun

Examples of SIMPER

  1. He simpered and smirked while he talked to the boss.
  2. She simpered that she had gone to all this trouble for a reason.

Origin of SIMPER

akin to Middle Dutch zimperlijc elegant, Dan dialect simper affected, coy
First Known Use: circa 1563

Rhymes with SIMPER

2simper

noun

Definition of SIMPER

:  a silly smile :  smirk

First Known Use of SIMPER

1599

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