whis·​pery | \ ˈhwi-sp(ə-)rē How to pronounce whispery (audio) , ˈwi-\

Definition of whispery

1 : resembling a whisper
2 : full of whispers

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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 Carlo Schiavo and Catarina Pernão, the featured soloists, are particularly excellent, Schiavo traveling across the stage with a whispery muscularity and Pernão reaching her limbs with rock-solid precision into beautifully hovering extensions. Janine Parker, BostonGlobe.com, "Merce Cunningham dances are marvels anew with Compagnie CNDC-Angers," 4 July 2019 Crowe, a world-class bellower, only occasionally flips the switch from whispery, methodical creepiness to full-on scenery chomping. Judy Berman, Time, "The Loudest Voice Shows Us What We Already Knew. That’s Not Redundant—It’s Exactly What We Need," 27 June 2019 Listening to the set’s expansive cross-section of material, one is struck by the warm, whispery quality of Ms. Gentry’s voice. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Bobbie Gentry: The Girl From Chickasaw County—The Complete Capitol Masters’ Review: A Country Talent, Fully Recognized," 25 Sep. 2018 With help from her older brother, the Californian creates disaffected pop characterized by odd electronic effects, whispery vocals, unstable beats and insinuating lyrics. kansascity, "KC concerts June 6-12: Luis Miguel, Billie Eilish, Sublime with Rome, Snarky Puppy," 4 June 2019 In fact, neutrinos have already hinted at the existence of a new type of whispery particle. Quanta Magazine, "On a Hunt for a Ghost of a Particle," 8 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of whispery

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of whispery was in 1834

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