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 If Pence came off as a Trump whisperer extraordinaire, Harris came off as a protégé who’s boned up really well and has already surpassed the mentor’s ability to deliver a message with flair. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Pence the Trump-whisperer matches wits with Harris the prosecutor," 8 Oct. 2020 Why Lombard doesn't make sense As an outfielder whisperer, Lombard would surely help the rise of Daz Cameron, Riley Greene, Daniel Cabrera and Parker Meadows. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "George Lombard developed an AL MVP. Should Detroit Tigers give him a chance?," 6 Oct. 2020 If your family is among the many that have recently acquired the ultimate stay-at-home buddy — a cat — or just love all things feline, no less a pet whisperer than Jackson Galaxy has an invitation for you. New York Times, "7 Things to Do This Weekend," 24 Sep. 2020 Sooners coach Lincoln Riley has quickly developed a reputation for being a quarterback whisperer after Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray won the Heisman in back-to-back years. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "10 things we learned during college football weekend," 14 Sep. 2020 But, in her first day on the job, McEnany was already an expert Trump whisperer, making his lies and attacks sound like reasonable statements. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "Dispatches From My Gmail Folder Labeled “Kayleigh McEnany’s Lies”," 4 Sep. 2020 This highly unlikely Harden whisperer is an undrafted rookie named Luguentz Dort with a prorated minimum salary for this season that amounts to roughly one third of what Harden earns in a single game. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The NBA’s Hardest Job Is Guarding James Harden. It Pays $155,647.," 26 Aug. 2020 The Broncos dumped Rich Scangarello and hired Shurmur, in no small part because of his reputation as a quarterback whisperer. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Deep dive into the small details that will make or break Drew Lock as winning NFL quarterback," 13 June 2020 The country singer manages to tame a rowdy horse with a calming song, transforming into a horse whisperer after just one sip of the drink. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "The funniest celeb commercials, from Ja Rule's low-budget ad to Taylor Swift for Apple Music," 3 July 2020

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First Known Use of whisperer

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Whisperer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whisperer. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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