whis·​per·​er | \ ˈ(h)wi-spər-ər How to pronounce whisperer (audio) \
plural whisperers

Definition of whisperer

1 : one that whispers specifically : rumormonger
2a : 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
b : 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
c : 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 Along the way, Koblik took it upon himself to act as a Pop whisperer. Chris Ballard, Los Angeles Times, "The SoCal night Gregg Popovich’s Hall of Fame career nearly died before it began," 25 Mar. 2021 The woman behind The Unbridled Retreat is host Devon Combs, a real-life horse whisperer who believes healing and awakening can come from working with horses. Katie Jackson, Travel + Leisure, "11 Transformative Retreats for the Woman With Wellness on Her Mind," 20 Mar. 2021 Katia Rivers, though, appears to be a muskie whisperer. Alan Clemons, Outdoor Life, "Two New York Anglers Catch 81 Muskies In One Season," 17 Mar. 2021 This great chickpea whisperer, a Mediterranean spice mix that elevates almost every dish to the next flavor level, is a grand finale. Beth Segal, cleveland, "From Aquafaba to Za’atar: The Complete Chickpea," 11 Mar. 2021 For a station that’s been operating in the middle of the Amazon since 2000, that’s an impressive safety record. Prohaska has become something of a leaf-whisperer. Daniel Glick, Scientific American, "Can the Amazon Save the Planet?," 3 Apr. 2017 Hamilton could be the quarterback whisperer to help Wilson reach new heights in 2021. oregonlive, "10 names the Seattle Seahawks should consider for offensive coordinator," 14 Jan. 2021 Here’s hoping the Chargers figure out their quarterback whisperer problem. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Hoping for fans in the stands and other L.A. sports wishes for 2021," 3 Jan. 2021 Noted Saban whisperer Chris Low recently said the 69-year old could coach for another eight or nine more years. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Alabama loudly reminds LSU who runs the SEC, Auburn deserves more from Gus," 6 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'whisperer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of whisperer

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about whisperer

Time Traveler for whisperer

Time Traveler

The first known use of whisperer was in 1530

See more words from the same year

Statistics for whisperer

Last Updated

13 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Whisperer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whisperer. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on whisperer

Nglish: Translation of whisperer for Spanish Speakers

Comments on whisperer

What made you want to look up whisperer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!