simper
I. verb (simpered; simpering) Etymology: akin to Middle Dutch zimperlijc elegant, Danish dialect simper affected, coy Date: circa 1563 intransitive verb to smile in a silly manner transitive verb to say with a simper <
simpered an apology
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simperer noun II. noun Date: 1599 a silly smile ; smirk

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  • Simper — Sim per, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Simpered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Simpering}.] [Cf. Norw. semper fine, smart, dial. Dan. semper, simper, affected, coy, prudish, OSw. semper one who affectedly refrains from eating, Sw. sipp finical, prim, LG. sipp.] 1. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Simper — Sim per, n. A constrained, self conscious smile; an affected, silly smile; a smirk. [1913 Webster] The conscious simper, and the jealous leer. Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • simper — vb *smile, smirk, grin simper n smile, smirk, grin (see under SMILE vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • simper — [sim′pər] vi. [Early ModE, akin to Dan dial., MDu simperlijc, dainty, affected] to smile in a silly, affected, or self conscious way vt. to say or express with a simper n. a silly, affected, or self conscious smile simperer n. simperingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • simper — 1560s, perhaps from a Scandinavian source (e.g. dial. Dan. semper affected, coy, prudish ) or M.Du. zimperlijk affected, coy, prim …   Etymology dictionary

  • simper — ► VERB ▪ smile in an ingratiating or coy manner. ► NOUN ▪ a smile of this kind. DERIVATIVES simpering adjective. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • Simper — Nicholas Simper (* 3. November 1945 in Nordwood Green, Southall) ist ein Bassist. Simper war Gründungsmitglied von Deep Purple im Jahr 1968. Bereits 1969 wurde er durch Roger Glover ersetzt. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Biographie 2 Diskographie 2.1 Deep …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • simper — UK [ˈsɪmpə(r)] / US [ˈsɪmpər] verb [intransitive] Word forms simper : present tense I/you/we/they simper he/she/it simpers present participle simpering past tense simpered past participle simpered to smile in a way that looks silly and is not… …   English dictionary

  • simper — simperer, n. simperingly, adv. /sim peuhr/, v.i. 1. to smile in a silly, self conscious way. v.t. 2. to say with a simper. n. 3. a silly, self conscious smile. [1555 65; akin to MD zimperlijc, dial. Dan simper affected, Dan sippe affected woman,… …   Universalium

  • simper — [[t]sɪ̱mpə(r)[/t]] simpers, simpering, simpered VERB When someone simpers, they smile in a rather silly way. The maid lowered her chin and simpered. N COUNT Simper is also a noun. Thank you doctor, said the nurse with a simper …   English dictionary

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