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simper

verb sim·per \ ˈsim-pər \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of simper

simpered; simpering play \ˈsim-p(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
: to smile in a silly manner
transitive verb
: to say with a simper
  • simpered an apology

simperer

play \ˈsim-pər-ər\ noun

Examples of simper in a Sentence

  1. He simpered and smirked while he talked to the boss.

  2. She simpered that she had gone to all this trouble for a reason.

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Origin and Etymology of simper

akin to Middle Dutch zimperlijc elegant, Danish dialect simper affected, coy


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simper

noun

Definition of simper

: a silly smile : smirk

First Known Use of simper

1599


SIMPER Defined for English Language Learners

simper

verb

Definition of simper for English Language Learners

  • : to smile in a way that is not sincere or natural

  • : to say (something) in a way that is not sincere or natural


SIMPER Defined for Kids

simper

verb sim·per \ ˈsim-pər \

Definition of simper for Students

simpered; simpering
: to smile or speak in a way that is not sincere or natural


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