Definition of stage whisper in English:

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stage whisper

Pronunciation: /ˈstāj ˌ(h)wispər/


1A loud whisper uttered by an actor on stage, intended to be heard by the audience but supposedly unheard by other characters in the play.
Example sentences
  • As the first notes started, a loud stage whisper from the bowels of the amphitheatre was heard to exclaim ‘This is the best bit!’
  • Which just goes to show that Prabhu's managed to achieve the ‘Quality’ any good story teller would give his stage whisper for - he manages to make his audience sit back and think, even after the tape stops rolling.
  • ‘Omigosh,’ she croaked in a stage whisper, as the male protagonist made his first appearance, ‘he is going to like fall for her so-o-o hard.’
1.1Any loud whisper intended to be overheard.
Example sentences
  • In a stage whisper that even Sam could hear over the tinny music for the politicians' float, she added, ‘He's blind.’
  • That's a soundbite,’ said the Channel 11 reporter to her producer in a stage whisper that was just too loud to be tactful.
  • Here Brown paused for effect, looked at the jury, then said in a stage whisper, ‘Why?’

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Syllabification: stage whis·per

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