Definition of simper in English:

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simper

Pronunciation: /ˈsimpər/

verb

[no object]
Smile or gesture in an affectedly coquettish, coy, or ingratiating manner: she simpered, looking pleased with herself
More example sentences
  • Miss Waller was always smiling, almost simpering, and Miss Hooper was a mild-mannered pale-coloured personality.
  • He's usually got a piece of arm candy shooting him affectionate looks and simpering about how gorgeous he is.
  • He despised simpering, giggling, weak women who had nothing better to do than cry and make themselves appear ridiculous to gain favor with him.
Synonyms
smile affectedly, smile coquettishly, look coy, smirk, giggle, titter

noun

[usually in singular]
An affectedly coquettish, coy, or ingratiating smile or gesture: an exaggerated simper
More example sentences
  • It's not a smirk or a simper or even a smile - it's a full-on grin.
  • He smiled a sickly simper, eyeing the rabbit with more contempt by the minute.
  • You will never get a simper or a giggle out of her unless she is being satirical.

Derivatives

simperingly

Pronunciation: /ˈsimp(ə)riNGlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Once again, he speaks in a simperingly lifeless Rada-English accent.
  • They capture headlines by merely walking into a room holding hands, smiling simperingly, commenting on sick African babies.
  • It is the worst, most simperingly preposterous, tepid football song I have ever heard.

Origin

Mid 16th century: of unknown origin; compare with German zimpfer 'elegant, delicate'.

Words that rhyme with simper

crimper, shrimper, whimper, Whymper

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: sim·per

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