- The definition of a simper is a coy or silly smile.
The smile you give when you are self-conscious about something you have done is an example of a simper.
- Simper is to smile or smirk in a silly or coy way.
When you are pleased with yourself and you give a silly smirk, this is an example of when you simper.
Origin: Early ModE, akin to Danish dialect, dialectal , Middle Dutch simperlijc, dainty, affected
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verb sim·pered, sim·per·ing, sim·pers verb, intransitive
Origin: Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
- simˈper·er noun
- simˈper·ing·ly adverb