- The definition of a whisper is a word or phrase that has been said very quietly or a small amount of something.
- An example of a whisper is the information someone shares very quietly only with his friend who is next to him.
- An example of a whisper is when there is a small hint of blue in a gray paint.
- To whisper is defined as to very quietly relay information to someone else.
An example of whisper is when you lean over and make a quiet comment to your friend that only your friend can hear.
A child whispers in his friends ear.
- to speak very softly, esp. without the resonance produced by the vibration of the vocal cords
- to talk quietly or furtively, as in gossiping, maligning, or plotting
- to make a soft, rustling sound like a whisper, as the leaves of a tree
Origin of whisperMiddle English whisperen ; from Old English hwisprian, akin to wispern ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wei-, to whiz, hiss from source whine, whistle
- to say very softly, esp. by whispering
- to tell (something) to (someone) privately or as a secret
- the act or an instance of whispering; specif., soft, low speech produced with breath but, usually, without vibrating the vocal cords: to speak in a whisper
- something whispered
- a secret, hint, rumor, etc.
- a soft, rustling sound like a whisper
- Soft speech produced without using the full voice.
- Something uttered very softly: overheard his whisper.
- A secretly or surreptitiously expressed belief, rumor, or hint: whispers of scandal.
- A low rustling sound: the whisper of wind in the pines.
verbwhis·pered, whis·per·ing, whis·pers
- To speak softly.
- To speak quietly and privately, as by way of gossip, slander, or intrigue.
- To make a soft rustling sound.
- To utter very softly.
- To say or tell privately or secretly.
Origin of whisperFrom Middle English whisperen, to whisper, from Old English hwisprian.
- The act of speaking in a quiet voice, especially, without vibration of the vocal cords.
- (usually in plural) A rumor.
- There are whispers of rebellion all around.
- (figuratively) A faint trace or hint (of something).
- The soup had just a whisper of basil.
- (Internet) A private message to an individual in a chat room.
(third-person singular simple present whispers, present participle whispering, simple past and past participle whispered)
- (intransitive) To speak softly, or under the breath, so as to be heard only by one near at hand; to utter words without sonant breath; to talk without that vibration in the larynx which gives sonorous, or vocal, sound.
- To mention privately and confidentially, or in a whisper.
- (intransitive) To make a low, sibilant sound.
- (intransitive) To speak with suspicion or timorous caution; to converse in whispers, as in secret plotting.
- where gentlest breezes whisper souls distressed
From Old English hwisprian (“to whistle").