sim·​per·​ing | \ ˈsim-p(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce simpering (audio) \

Definition of simpering

: marked by insipidity or by affected or ingratiating timidity simpering behavior a simpering smile/tone During job interviews, I always felt like a simpering idiot.— Nancy Scott Hanway … spoofy moments featuring a simpering newswoman …— Pauline Kael … the indignities of office life, from boorish bosses to simpering middle managers to byzantine bureaucracies.— Charles Bramesco

Other Words from simpering

simperingly adverb
What a relief to meet a heroine who was not so simperingly, crushingly perfect and pretty as most of the approved Pollyannas we encountered in conventional fiction! — Michele Landsberg

First Known Use of simpering

1556, in the meaning defined above

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“Simpering.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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