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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

Rhymes with whisper



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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