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whisper (talk)

Definition:

to speak softly

Class:

communication verb (telling, asking, ordering, singing, etc.)

Related to:

whisperer | whispering

Past tense:

whispered

Present participle:

whispering

3rd-person singular present:

whispers

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

They whisper.

Etymology:

Old English hwisprian "speak very softly" (only in a Northumbrian gloss for...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of whisper...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

whisper

to speak or utter (something) in a soft hushed tone, especially without vibration of the vocal cords | [intransitive] to speak secretly or furtively, ... (23 of 542 words, 9 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/whisper

Wikipedia:

Whisper [disambiguation]

may refer to: whispering, a form of phonation | Whisper (Fable), fictitious character in the popular Fantasy Fable | Whisper, a character created by Ian Fleming in the James Bond novel and film Live and Let Die | Whisper (film), a 2007 horror film | ... (41 of 266 words, 22 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

whisper [entry 1, verb] | whispered [past tense] | whispering [present participle] | bruit [synonym, sense-specific] | circulate [synonym, sense-specific] | noise [synonym, sense-specific] | rumor [synonym, sense-specific] | bandy [similar, sense-specific] | blab [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to speak softly with little or no vibration of the vocal cords especially to avoid being overheard | to make a sibilant sound that resembles ... (24 of 189 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/whisper

whisper [entry 2, noun] | hint [synonym, sense-specific] | especially [synonym, sense-specific] | trace [synonym, sense-specific] | canard [synonym, sense-specific] | story [synonym, sense-specific] | tale [synonym, sense-specific] | dirt [similar, sense-specific] | gossip [similar, sense-specific] | ...

something communicated by or as if by whispering ; especially, "rumor" | an act or instance of whispering ; especially, speech without vibration of ... (23 of 118 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example)

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Random House Dictionary:

whisper

to speak with soft, hushed sounds, using the breath, lips, etc., but with no vibration of the vocal cords. | [phonetics] to produce utterance ... (23 of 174 words, 12 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/whisper

Oxford Dictionary:

whisper | be whispered | whispery [derived]

[reporting verb] : speak very softly using one's breath rather than one's throat, especially for the sake of secrecy | ("be whispered") : be rumoured ... (24 of 165 words, 7 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/whisper

Macmillan British Dictionary:

whisper | whispered [past tense] | whispering [present participle] | whispers [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive/transitive] to say something very quietly so that other people cannot hear you | [intransitive/transitive] to tell other people a piece ... (20 of 128 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/whisper

whisper [countable, noun] | whispers [plural]

a very quiet way of saying something so that other people cannot hear you | [literary] something that someone says that may or may not be true | ... (26 of 97 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

whisper | whisperer [noun, related]

to speak very softly, especially without the resonance produced by the vibration of the vocal cords | to talk quietly or furtively, as in gossiping, ... (24 of 125 words, 8 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

whisper | whispered [past tense] | whispering [present participle] | whispers [3rd-person singular present] | whisperer [noun, related] | whispery [adjective, related]

Soft speech produced without full voice. | Something uttered very softly. | A secretly or surreptitiously expressed belief, rumor, or hint | A low ... (21 of 93 words, 9 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whisper

Cambridge Dictionary:

whisper [entry 1]

to speak very quietly, using thebreath but not the voice, so that only the person close to you can hearyou (20 of 51 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/whisper 1

whisper [entry 2, + that]

to suggest privately that somethingmight be true (7 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/whisper 2

whisper [entry 3]

a way of speaking very quietly, using the breath butnot the voice, so that only the person close to you can hear you | [singular] [literary] a soft, ... (27 of 78 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/whisper 3

whisper [entry 4]

a suggestion or piece of information that you hearprivately from someone (11 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/whisper 4

Wiktionary:

whisper | whispered [past tense] | whispering [present participle] | whispers [3rd-person singular present] | susurrate | susurrated [past tense] | susurrating [present participle] | susurrates [3rd-person singular present]

The act of speaking in a quiet voice, especially, without vibration of the vocal cords. | [pluralized] A rumor. | [figurative] A faint trace or hint (of something). | [internet] A private message to an individual in a chat room. | To talk in a quiet ... (42 of 72 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/whisper

Britannica Encyclopedia:

whisper [speech]

speech in which the vocal cords are held rigid, preventing the vibration that produces normal sounds. In whispering, voiceless sounds are produced as ... (23 of 55 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/641934​/whisper

Columbia Encyclopedia:

mouth

entrance to the digestive and respiratory tracts. The mouth, or oral cavity, is ordinarily a simple opening in lower animals; in vertebrates it's a ... (24 of 183 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

whisper | whispers [plural] | whispered [past tense] | whispering [present participle]

to speak or say something very softly, without using the vocal cords | to speak or say something in a confidential or furtive manner, e.g. in order to ... (27 of 170 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861712819​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

whisper

Origin: Old English hwisprian "speak very softly" (only in a Northumbrian gloss for Latin murmurare), from Proto-Germanic *khwis- ... (17 of 48 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=whisper

New World Dictionary:

whisper

Origin: Middle English whisperen from Old English hwisprian, akin to wispern from Indo-European base *_wei-, to whiz, hiss derives "whine", "whistle"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whisper

Oxford Dictionary:

whisper | be whispered

Origin: Old English hwisprian, of Germanic origin; related to German wispeln, from the imitative base of "whistle"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/whisper

Collins Dictionary:

whisper

Origin: Old English hwisprian; related to Old Norse hvīskra, Old High German hwispalōn, Dutch wispern

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/whispered

American Heritage Dictionary:

whisper | whispered [past tense] | whispering [present participle] | whispers [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: From Middle English whisperen, to whisper, from Old English hwisprian.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whisper

Wiktionary:

whisper | whispered [past tense] | whispering [present participle] | whispers [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English hwisprian ("to whistle").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/whisper

Merriam-Webster:

whisper [entry 1, verb] | whispered [past tense] | whispering [present participle]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English hwisperian; akin to Old High German hwispalōn to whisper, Old Norse hvīsla

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/whisper

Encarta Dictionary:

whisper | whispers [plural] | whispered [past tense] | whispering [present participle]

Origin: Old English hwisprian from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861712819​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

whisper | whispered [past tense] | whispering [present participle] | whispers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "whisper"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/whisper

Collins Dictionary:

whisper

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "whisper"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/whisper

Macmillan British Dictionary:

whisper | whispered [past tense] | whispering [present participle] | whispers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "whisper"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/whisper

whisper [countable, noun] | whispers [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "whisper"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

whisper | whispered [past tense] | whispering [present participle] | whispers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "whisper"

Audio 2: North American pronunciation of "whisper"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

whisper [entry 3]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "whisper"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "whisper"

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the Free Dictionary:

whisper

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "whisper"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "whisper"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "whisper" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

whisper | whispers [plural] | whispered [past tense] | whispering [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "whisper"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

whisper

Audio: North American pronunciation of "whisper"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=whispe​01 word=whisper

YourDictionary Audio:

whisper

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "whisper" by speech synthesizer

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