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1whisper

verb whis·per \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
WHISPERS Defined for Kids

1whisper

verb whis·per \ˈhwi-spər, ˈwi-\
whis·peredwhis·per·ing

Definition of WHISPER for Kids

1
:  to speak softly and quietly
2
:  to tell by speaking softly and quietly <“I would miss you, Nick,” I whispered. “I would.” — Patricia MacLachlan, Sarah, Plain and Tall>
3
:  to make a low rustling sound <The wind whispered in the trees.>

2whisper

noun

Definition of WHISPER for Kids

1
:  a soft quiet way of speaking that can be heard only by people who are near
2
:  the act of speaking softly and quietly
3
:  something said softly and quietly
4
:  1hint 2 <a whisper of smoke>

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