whisperer

noun
whis·​per·​er | \ ˈhwi-spər-ər How to pronounce whisperer (audio) , 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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Tony the bug whisperer will show you just how cool the world of entomology really is. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekend guide: Bugs & Scouts at Discovery World, fall festival, free Zoo day and more," 4 Oct. 2017 Thank you Meghan for being the consummate hostess this weekend and still being the #avocadotoast whisperer, YUM! Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Might Be Hosting Another Close Friend at Kensington Palace This Week," 26 Jan. 2019 The Rams went 0–7 after Goff took over as the starter, but when quarterback whisperer Sean McVay was hired as head coach after the season, Keenum saw the writing on the wall and looked for another opportunity. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "The Long, Intertwined Road That Led to a Nick Foles-Case Keenum NFC Championship Game," 15 Jan. 2018 To call Tanisha Scott simply a choreographer would be missing out on her impressive list of bona fides: movement coach, creative director, music video dancer, and Drake whisperer. Vogue, "Watch Tanisha Scott Find Her Caribbean Beat in Brooklyn," 20 Sep. 2018 Increasingly, however, the latter is less of an issue, as the Astros’ reputation as pitcher-whisperers grows. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Pitching Staff Threatening to Rewrite Baseball’s Record Books," 6 June 2018 Getty, design by Betsy Farrell This year might have shut your heart down faster than a restaurant crawling with football-size rodents, but listen to me, your friendly neighborhood star whisperer who is also very active on Twitter—2017 will be lit! Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Your 2017 Love Horoscope: A Parody," 28 Dec. 2016 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

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First Known Use of whisperer

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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