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whisper

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verb whis·per \ˈhwis-pər, ˈwis-\

Simple Definition of whisper

  • : to speak very softly or quietly

  • : to produce a quiet sound

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whisper

whispered

whispering

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to speak softly with little or no vibration of the vocal cords especially to avoid being overheard

  3. 2 :  to make a sibilant sound that resembles whispering

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to address in a whisper

  6. 2 :  to utter or communicate in or as if in a whisper

Examples of whisper in a sentence

  1. He whispered in my ear.

  2. She leaned over and whispered to the girl next to her.

  3. I couldn't hear what they were saying because they were whispering.

  4. She leaned over and whispered something to the girl next to her.

  5. I'll be right back, she whispered.

  6. A soft breeze whispered through the trees.



Origin and Etymology of whisper

Middle English, from Old English hwisperian; akin to Old High German hwispalōn to whisper, Old Norse hvīsla — more at whistle


First Known Use: before 12th century


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whisper

noun whis·per

Simple Definition of whisper

  • : a very soft and quiet way of speaking

  • : a soft and quiet sound

  • : a very small amount of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whisper

  1. 1 :  something communicated by or as if by whispering; especially :  rumor <whispers of scandal>

  2. 2 a :  an act or instance of whispering; especially :  speech without vibration of the vocal cords b :  a sibilant sound that resembles whispered speech

  3. 3 :  hint, trace

Examples of whisper in a sentence

  1. She spoke in a whisper.

  2. the whisper of the wind

  3. I've heard whispers that the company might go out of business.



1595

First Known Use of whisper

1595



WHISPER Defined for Kids

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whisper

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verb whis·per \ˈhwi-spər, ˈwi-\

Definition of whisper for Students

whispered

whispering

  1. 1 :  to speak softly and quietly

  2. 2 :  to tell by speaking softly and quietly <“I would miss you, Nick,” I whispered. “I would.” — Patricia MacLachlan, Sarah, Plain and Tall>

  3. 3 :  to make a low rustling sound <The wind whispered in the trees.>




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whisper

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noun whis·per

Definition of whisper for Students

  1. 1 :  a soft quiet way of speaking that can be heard only by people who are near

  2. 2 :  the act of speaking softly and quietly

  3. 3 :  something said softly and quietly

  4. 4 :  1hint 2 <a whisper of smoke>





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