Definition of whisper noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwɪspə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪspər//
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  1. 1  a low quiet voice or the sound it makes synonym murmur They spoke in whispers. Her voice dropped to a whisper. see also stage whisper
  2. 2(also whispering) (literary) a soft sound synonym murmur I could hear the whispering of the sea.
  3. 3a piece of news that is spread by being talked about but may not be true synonym rumour I've heard whispers that he's leaving.
  4. Word OriginOld English hwisprian, of Germanic origin; related to German wispeln, from the imitative base of whistle.Extra examples A barely audible whisper came from the closet. Jake got excited at the merest whisper of his lover. Their voices were very quiet, hardly above a whisper. They spoke in whispers. If the whispers are to be believed, the two companies are talking about a merger. They spoke in barely audible whispers.
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