stage whisper


Definition of stage whisper

1 : a loud whisper by an actor that is audible to the spectators but is supposed for dramatic effect not to be heard by one or more of the actors
2 : an audible whisper

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Examples of stage whisper in a Sentence

“I've had more than I can stand,” she complained in a stage whisper.
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First Known Use of stage whisper

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stage whisper was in 1864

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“Stage whisper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stage whisper

: a loud whisper by an actor that can be heard by the audience but which the other actors on the stage pretend not to hear
: a loud whisper that is intended to be heard by everyone

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