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Definition of simper verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

simper

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈsɪmpə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmpər//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they simper
BrE BrE//ˈsɪmpə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmpər//
 
he / she / it simpers
BrE BrE//ˈsɪmpəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmpərz//
 
past simple simpered
BrE BrE//ˈsɪmpəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmpərd//
 
past participle simpered
BrE BrE//ˈsɪmpəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmpərd//
 
-ing form simpering
BrE BrE//ˈsɪmpərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmpərɪŋ//
 
 
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to smile in a silly and annoying way a silly simpering girl He just simpered at me. + speech ‘You're such a darling,’ she simpered. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: of unknown origin; compare with German zimpfer ‘elegant, delicate’.

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