whis·​pery | \ ˈ(h)wi-sp(ə-)rē How to pronounce whispery (audio) \

Definition of whispery

1 : resembling a whisper
2 : full of whispers

Examples of whispery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cooper’s vocals were mostly whispery, but could turn more assertive, bolstered briefly by Tobias’s voice. Washington Post, "From hushed balladry to blasts of free-jazz sax, Modern Nature entrances at first U.S. show," 10 Jan. 2020 The track pits vulnerability against brutality, prettiness against noise, whispery blurriness against brute-force distortion, continuity against rupture. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Alanis Morissette’s Agonized Ballad, and 10 More New Songs," 21 Feb. 2020 An actress, brand ambassador and one of the most followed celebrities on Instagram, Gomez has also been a reliable, if not thrilling, provider of whispery pop hits. Washington Post, "Selena Gomez gives as much of herself as she can on ‘Rare’," 17 Jan. 2020 Throughout, her voice is but a beyond-falsetto whispery sliver. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The 5 Best Songs of the Week from Stormzy's Boastful 'Bronze' to Kaytranada's Infectious 'The Worst In Me'," 13 Dec. 2019 Her conquest of 2019 happened through sensation and spectacle, with her spider-laden visuals and whispery sound creating the thrilling illusion—witnessed previously with punk, metal, and Harry Potter—of an entire youth cohort turned demonic. The Atlantic, "The 18 Best Albums of 2019," 10 Dec. 2019 There are three California lilacs with whispery purple buds to remember the triplets. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "An olive branch to S.F. sourdough lovers," 30 July 2019 Holter masterfully makes recordings that feel delicate and intimate while also layering them with instrumentation and sounds, a sort of whispery modern version of chamber pop. Houston Chronicle, "The Must List: Q-Fest, The Try Guys, Alejandro Escovedo," 18 July 2019 One of the saddest, prettiest compositions in the history of rock, Lou Reed’s whispery ballad invokes love, infidelity, memory and regret. Judy Berman, Time, "Aziz Ansari Says All the Right Things—But Implicates Everyone—in His Netflix Comeback Special," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of whispery

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Whispery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whispery. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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