whis·​per·​er ˈ(h)wi-spər-ər How to pronounce whisperer (audio)
plural whisperers
: one that whispers
specifically : rumormonger
: a person who excels at calming or training usually hard-to-manage animals using noncoercive methods based especially on an understanding of the animals' natural instincts
The last event of the day will be the horse whisperer breaking a wild horse and giving his testimony while he does it.Dale Carroll
A lion that mauled a young woman to death in South Africa was under the care of a man known as the "lion whisperer" for his close interactions with the predators.The Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune
: a person who is unusually skilled at calmly guiding, influencing, or managing other people
Colleagues often call Williams the "child whisperer" because he reaches out with a quiet grace to children who need assistance and molds students who need to believe in their own future.Annie Martin
: a person considered to possess some extraordinary skill or talent in managing or dealing with something specified
Meatballs with spaghetti, meatball sliders, meatballs in a casserole, or just meatballs on the plate with a salad, my boys love them all, going so far as to call me the meatball whisperer.Neely Myers

Examples of whisperer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Later on, Chalamet swayed his hips in another sketch that defined him as a youth whisperer. Esther Zuckerman, The Atlantic, 12 Nov. 2023 He is supposed to be a pedestrian whisperer — someone who greets visitors, gives directions, answers questions and listens to concerns. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 The film also features the Chinese martial-arts film superstar Wu Jing, who as Statham’s colleague doesn’t get much in the way of action scenes, though his character does get to show off his talents as a meg whisperer. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 3 Aug. 2023 Companies are turning to office whisperers like Tsipursky: hybrid experts who claim that if companies follow their advice, mandates won’t be necessary. Emma Goldberg, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2023 How food influencers can make or break restaurants Food Criticism Second place: Bill Addison, Where’s the snook whisperer? Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2023 The collection this season was inspired by equestrian and military suiting, and its runway show featured wild horses and a horse whisperer. Brittany Natale, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 July 2023 North Dakota State assistant coach Randy Hedberg, something of a quarterback whisperer, made a recruiting pitch to Batavia’s Ryan Boe that came through loud and clear. Rick Armstrong, Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2023 Stella calls herself a baker, crafter, model, actress, animal whisperer and anti-bullying activist. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 6 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of whisperer was in 1530

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“Whisperer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whisperer. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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