whis·​per·​er | \ˈhwi-spər-ər, ˈwi-\
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

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In recent years, Parker has become something of a book whisperer to her followers, sharing the novels she's loved on Instagram and even appearing on the red carpet last month with a copy of the newest Ottessa Moshfegh book. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fatima Farheen Mirza Has the Book for Your Spain Road Trip," 24 Aug. 2018 Harvey Karp, the famous baby whisperer who empowered parents of all incomes to facilitate good sleeping habits for their babies with his 2002 book The Happiest Baby on the Block, has turned baby sleep into a big business. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury — and can come at a high price.," 9 Oct. 2018 If Harbaugh lives up to his reputation as a quarterback whisperer, this could be epic. Conor Orr, SI.com, "An NFL Fan’s Viewing Guide to the 2019 College Football Season," 13 July 2018 Donald Trump has been the conspiracy whisperer throughout his entire public life. Jason Johnson, The Root, "Is the Trump Administration Running a Child-Trafficking Ring or Nah? Follow Me Down the Rabbit Hole," 25 May 2018 There are different whisperers at different times and none seem to have staying power, save maybe for the family. Gloria Borger, CNN, "The runaway president: Trump is the lawyer-in-chief," 18 Apr. 2018 Down and distance prudence went out the window The whisperer made his quarterback a tackling dummy/interception machine (choose one or both) because the protection had to be maintained for so long. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Does Josh Allen have the most upside potential in the draft? Hey, Mary Kay (video)," 30 Mar. 2018 Think of Piet Oudolf as the plant whisperer, a man who makes things that grow interact in ways people hadn't really thought of before. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "The emotion of plants and wild landscapes in ‘Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf’," 28 June 2018 The cryptocurrency-whisperers over at Coindesk reckon that, even if there is a brief rally now, the market remains bearish and Bitcoin may still fall below $6,000. David Meyer, Fortune, "Bitcoin's Latest Price Crash May Be Over. But There's Still Reason to Worry," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of whisperer

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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