- 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 whisperedMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 (be whispered) Be rumoured: it was whispered that he would soon dieMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
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- 1A soft or confidential tone of voice; a whispered word or phrase: she spoke in a whisperMore example sentences
- Her voice was barely a whisper but the words echoed in her head like a jackhammer.
- His voice was a whisper, the words forced out in one breath.
- She touched the ruby lightly as she spoke, her voice nearing a whisper with every word spoken.
- 1.1A rumour or piece of gossip: whispers of a blossoming romanceMore example sentences
rumour, story, report, speculation, insinuation, suggestion, hint; (whispers) gossip, hearsay, word, scandal, tittle-tattle, idle talk; French on dit, bavardage; German Kaffeeklatsch; West Indian labrish, shu-shu• informal buzzBritish • informal gossNorth American • informal scuttlebuttAustralian/New Zealand • informal furphySouth African • informal skinder• rare bruit
- So there are hints, whispers, rumours, emails and questions but, significantly, no answers.
- So, once again, we're into the world of whispers and sources, rumours, winks and knowing nods.
- There was a rumour, a whisper, of a deeper malaise in the state.
- 1.2 • literary A soft rustling or murmuring sound: the thunder of the surf became a muted whisperMore example sentences
- For a while the only sound was the hushed whisper of the passing river.
- The only sound is the faint whisper of the air-conditioning.
- There was no sound besides the light whisper of the breeze.
- 1.3 [usually in singular] A slight trace; a hint: he didn’t show even a whisper of interestMore example sentences
- There was a whisper of TV interest from a ‘major UK network’ today.
- It carries a hint of greed and a whisper of skulduggery.
- When not a whisper of a reply came I reached out and gently touched her cheek.
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- 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.