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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Shanahan would be Washington's new quarterback whisperer. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "The Forgettable Years of a Coaching Staff to Remember," 23 Aug. 2019 And because my high school coach was David Cutcliffe, the hometown boy made good, the quarterback whisperer to Peyton Manning, the resurrector of the Duke Blue Devils, who will open the season against Alabama next week. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "‘Bear-crawl coach’ could learn from David Cutcliffe," 23 Aug. 2019 The dog whisperer talked to The Hollywood Reporter about his new venture and how his dogs take dancing lessons and fly on private jets. Stephanie Sporn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan's Pups Fly Private and Take Dance Lessons," 14 Aug. 2019 As Nick Saban’s quarterbacks coach/whisperer last season, Enos tutored Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma transfer Jalen Hurts. Laken Litman, SI.com, "August Questions We'll Get the Answers to Before the 2019 Season Kicks Off," 1 Aug. 2019 The pitching whisperer is a fixture at the pitching diamonds at Holiday Park. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Pitching phenom leads 10U club to USSSA All American Games softball title," 22 Aug. 2019 Bolstered by an infamously twisty screenplay and A-list performances from Bruce Willis and Toni Collette, Osment’s performance as 9 -year-old ghost whisperer Cole Sear catapulted the movie to instant box office success. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Haley Joel Osment on 20 years of ‘The Sixth Sense’ — and ‘I see dead people’," 6 Aug. 2019 The chill from Washington, as the Brits perceive it, has also unnerved others in Europe who rely on Britain as their Trump whisperer. Kimberly Dozier / Aspen, Time, "The 'Special' U.S.-U.K. Relationship is Bruised After Trump Officials Left U.K. Out of Iran Strike Planning," 23 July 2019 The challenge with being a star-whisperer is that people who aren’t necessarily destined for stardom start whispering back at you. Ben Mcgrath, The New Yorker, "The Brooklyn Startup Helping High-School Athletes Go Viral," 30 May 2019

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First Known Use of whisperer

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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