Whisper
Whisper Whis"per, n. [1913 Webster] 1. A low, soft, sibilant voice or utterance, which can be heard only by those near at hand; voice or utterance that employs only breath sound without tone, friction against the edges of the vocal cords and arytenoid cartilages taking the place of the vibration of the cords that produces tone; sometimes, in a limited sense, the sound produced by such friction as distinguished from breath sound made by friction against parts of the mouth. See {Voice}, n., 2, and Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 5, 153, 154. [1913 Webster]

The inward voice or whisper can not give a tone. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Soft whispers through the assembly went. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. A cautious or timorous speech. --South. [1913 Webster]

3. Something communicated in secret or by whispering; a suggestion or insinuation. [1913 Webster]

4. A low, sibilant sound. ``The whispers of the leaves.'' --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]


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  • Whisper — Whis per, v. t. [1913 Webster] 1. To utter in a low and nonvocal tone; to say under the breath; hence, to mention privately and confidentially, or in a whisper. [1913 Webster] They might buzz and whisper it one to another. Bentley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whisper — [hwis′pər, wis′pər] vi. [ME whisperen < OE hwisprian, akin to wispern < IE base * k̑wei , to whiz, hiss > WHINE, WHISTLE] 1. to speak very softly, esp. without the resonance produced by the vibration of the vocal cords 2. to talk quietly …   English World dictionary

  • Whisper — Whis per, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Whispered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whispering}.] [AS. hwisprian; akin to G. wispern, wispeln, OHG. hwispal?n, Icel. hv[=i]skra, Sw. hviska, Dan. hviske; of imitative origin. Cf. {Whistle}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To speak… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whisper — [n1] rumor; information expressed in soft voice buzz*, confidence, disclosure, divulgence, gossip, hint, hum, hushed tone, innuendo, insinuation, low voice, mumble, murmur, mutter, report, secret, secret message, sigh, sighing, susurration,… …   New thesaurus

  • Whisper — conocida en castellano en la Argentina como: Susurros de terror, en España como: Hellion, el ángel caído, en México como: El hijo del diablo y en Venezuela como: Poseído, es una película de suspenso dirigida por Sterward Hendler, en la que parti …   Wikipedia Español

  • WHISPER — index imply, report (rumor), suggestion, tip (clue) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • whisper — (v.) O.E. hwisprian speak very softly (only in a Northumbrian gloss for L. murmurare), from P.Gmc. *khwis (Cf. M.Du. wispelen, O.H.G. hwispalon, Ger. wispeln, wispern, O.N. hviskra to whisper ), imitative and probably related to O.E. hwistlian to …   Etymology dictionary

  • whisper — ► VERB 1) speak very softly using one s breath rather than one s throat. 2) literary rustle or murmur softly. ► NOUN 1) a whispered word or phrase, or a whispering tone of voice. 2) literary a soft rustling or murmuring sound. 3) a rumour or… …   English terms dictionary

  • whisper — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ barely audible, the barest, faint, gentle, hushed, low, mere, quiet, slight (esp. AmE), soft …   Collocations dictionary

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