whisper

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1whis·per

verb \ˈhwis-pər, ˈwis-\

: to speak very softly or quietly

: to produce a quiet sound

whis·peredwhis·per·ing \-p(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of WHISPER

intransitive verb
1
:  to speak softly with little or no vibration of the vocal cords especially to avoid being overheard
2
:  to make a sibilant sound that resembles whispering
transitive verb
1
:  to address in a whisper
2
:  to utter or communicate in or as if in a whisper

Examples of WHISPER

  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 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

Rhymes with WHISPER

2whisper

noun

: a very soft and quiet way of speaking

: a soft and quiet sound

: a very small amount of something

Full Definition of WHISPER

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

Examples of WHISPER

  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.

First Known Use of WHISPER

1595

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