whis·​per·​ing | \ ˈ(h)wi-sp(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce whispering (audio) \

Definition of whispering

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : whispered speech
b : gossip, rumor
2 : a sibilant sound : whisper



Definition of whispering (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : making a sibilant sound
2 : spreading confidential and especially derogatory reports whispering tongues can poison truth— S. T. Coleridge

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whisperingly \ ˈ(h)wi-​sp(ə-​)riŋ-​lē How to pronounce whispering (audio) \ adverb

Examples of whispering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gossip, then, evolved to mean women's private whispering. Kelsey Mckinney, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 On the eve of a new Bleachers album, music's busiest man talks about the creative process, his pop-star whispering, and hanging with the Boss. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 12 July 2021 If as a new friend says ‘vision is listening to the future whispering,’ then the sooner we get started, the more loudly that future will speak to us. Norman Anderson, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Most of these tools come with the option of call whispering or barging in. Dimitri Akhrin, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 The renowned hotel, located just an hour outside of Bali, is home to a world-class equestrian facility, including horse whispering and horse surfing programs that will absolutely change your soul. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 9 Mar. 2021 The strutting politician Pontius Pilate, the most powerful man in Judea, couldn’t stand up for his own conscience against the whispering (and then screaming) rabble for two minutes. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 25 Dec. 2020 As leaders from around the world welcomed Biden, Modi tweeted a picture of the new President-elect whispering in his ear during a previous meeting. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 8 Nov. 2020 The whir of an electric mixer and the whispering of your name, with no one else around. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of whispering


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jul 2021

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“Whispering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whispering. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of whispering

: something spoken in a very soft or quiet way


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