Definition of whisper in English:


Line breaks: whis|per
Pronunciation: /ˈwɪspə


[reporting verb]
  • 1Speak very softly using one’s breath rather than one’s throat, especially for the sake of secrecy: [no object]: Alison was whispering in his ear [with object]: he managed to whisper a faint goodbye [with direct speech]: ‘Are you all right?’ he whispered
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    • She can speak English but prefers to whisper in my ear rather than talking out loud in the noisy bar area.
    • Gaffle raised a hand to Pintom's ear and whispered a short conversation.
    • His eyes dart around and he whispers as he speaks as if what he's telling me is top secret.
    murmur, mutter, mumble, speak/say softly, speak/say in muted tones, speak/say in hushed tones, speak/say sotto voce; breathe, purr, say under one's breath
  • 1.1 (be whispered) Be rumoured: it was whispered that he would soon die
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    • When the original SMiLE sessions were taking place, it was whispered that the material was far too bizarre to be released.
    • It was whispered that government research continued at a nearby secret mountain complex where Special Ops field agents were trained.
    • Still, it was whispered that she had the gift of second sight.
  • 1.2 literary (Of leaves, wind, or water) rustle or murmur softly.
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    • Roots burrow under my feet and leaves whisper to each other from opposite sides of the valley.
    • The flowers swayed in the breeze and the grass and leaves whispered with them.
    • The wind was whispering quietly in the trees, which were illuminated by a half hidden full moon.
    rustle, murmur, sigh, moan, sough, whoosh, whir, swish, blow, breathe
    rare susurrate


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More example sentences
  • Stina Nordenstam doesn't play live, barely does interviews, generally resists being photographed and sings in a small, whispery voice that sounds as if it's escaping between bouts of sobbing.
  • At Bangalore, there are moments when Knopfler's guttural whispery vocals, particularly when the score demands a softer tone, seem to be drowned out by the percussion and strings.
  • Lead guitar and vocalist Andrew Kenny, has a relaxed and often whispery quality on the mic that is a perfect compliment to AMS's sound.


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

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