stage whisper

noun
|Updated on: 26 May 2018

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

stage-whisper

verb

Examples of stage whisper in a Sentence

  1. “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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STAGE WHISPER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of stage whisper for English Language Learners

  • : 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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