- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to speak very quietly to somebody so that other people cannot hear what you are saying synonym murmur Don't you know it's rude to whisper? whisper about something What are you two whispering about? + speech ‘Can you meet me tonight?’ he whispered. whisper something (to somebody) She leaned over and whispered something in his ear. whisper (to somebody) that… He whispered to me that he was afraid.
- 2[transitive, often passive] whisper that… | it is whispered that… to say or suggest something about somebody/something in a private or secret way It was whispered that he would soon die and he did.
- 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (literary) (of leaves, the wind, etc.) to make a soft, quiet sound A warm breeze whispered through the trees. Word Origin Old English hwisprian, of Germanic origin; related to German wispeln, from the imitative base of whistle.Extra examples ‘Come on,’ he whispered urgently. ‘Hush!’ he whispered against her hair. ‘Let’s go,’ she whispered to Anne. ‘No!’ he whispered through gritted teeth. ‘Yes, ’ I whispered back. He could only whisper in reply. He held her and whispered sweet nothings in her ear. I felt that everyone was whispering about me. She heard him whisper her name. Don’t you know it’s rude to whisper?
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BrE BrE//ˈwɪspə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪspər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whisper
BrE BrE//ˈwɪspə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪspər//he / she / it whispers
BrE BrE//ˈwɪspəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪspərz//past simple whispered
BrE BrE//ˈwɪspəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪspərd//past participle whispered
BrE BrE//ˈwɪspəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪspərd//-ing form whispering
BrE BrE//ˈwɪspərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪspərɪŋ//