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Whisper \Whis"per\, v. t. [1913 Webster]
To utter in a low and nonvocal tone; to say under the breath; hence, to mention privately and confidentially, or in a whisper. [1913 Webster] They might buzz and whisper it one to another. --Bentley. [1913 Webster]
To address in a whisper, or low voice. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] And whisper one another in the ear. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Where gentlest breezes whisper souls distressed. --Keble. [1913 Webster]
To prompt secretly or cautiously; to inform privately. [Obs.] "He came to whisper Wolsey." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Whisper \Whis"per\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Whispered; p. pr. & vb. n. Whispering.] [AS. hwisprian; akin to G. wispern, wispeln, OHG. hwispal?n, Icel. hv[imac]skra, Sw. hviska, Dan. hviske; of imitative origin. Cf. Whistle.] [1913 Webster]
To speak softly, or under the breath, so as to be heard only by one near at hand; to utter words without sonant breath; to talk without that vibration in the larynx which gives sonorous, or vocal, sound. See Whisper, n. [1913 Webster]
To make a low, sibilant sound or noise. [1913 Webster] The hollow, whispering breeze. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]
To speak with suspicion, or timorous caution; to converse in whispers, as in secret plotting. [1913 Webster] All that hate me whisper together against me. --Ps. xli.
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Whisper \Whis"per\, n. [1913 Webster]
A low, soft, sibilant voice or utterance, which can be heard only by those near at hand; voice or utterance that employs only breath sound without tone, friction against the edges of the vocal cords and arytenoid cartilages taking the place of the vibration of the cords that produces tone; sometimes, in a limited sense, the sound produced by such friction as distinguished from breath sound made by friction against parts of the mouth. See Voice, n., 2, and Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 5, 153,
[1913 Webster] The inward voice or whisper can not give a tone. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] Soft whispers through the assembly went. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
A cautious or timorous speech. --South. [1913 Webster]
Something communicated in secret or by whispering; a suggestion or insinuation. [1913 Webster]
A low, sibilant sound. "The whispers of the leaves." --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords [syn: whispering, susurration]
2 the light noise like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind [syn: rustle, rustling, whispering] v : speak softly; in a low voice [ant: shout]

Moby Thesaurus

advice, alert, alerting, articulate, aspirate, aspiration, bark, bated breath, bawl, bellow, blare, blat, blubber, boom, bray, breath, breathe, breathy voice, broad hint, bruit, brush, buzz, cackle, canard, caress, caution, chant, chime, chirp, chorus, clue, come out with, common talk, communicate, confide, confide to, contact, convey, coo, crow, cry, cue, cutaneous sense, dash, deliver, disclose, drawl, drone, droning, emit, entrust with information, enunciate, exclaim, exhalation, express, feel, feeling, fingertip caress, fizz, fizzle, flick, fling off, flute, flying rumor, formulate, gabble, gasp, gentle hint, gesture, gibber, gibbering, give, give confidential information, give expression, give out with, give tongue, give utterance, give voice, glance, glimmer, glimmering, grapevine, graze, groan, growl, grunt, hand-mindedness, hearsay, hint, hiss, howl, idea afloat, impart, implication, index, indication, inkling, innuendo, insinuation, intimation, jabber, jibber, keen, kick, kiss, lambency, lap, latrine rumor, let in on, let next to, let out, lick, light touch, lilt, lip, little voice, look, low voice, maffle, maunder, maundering, mention privately, moan, monition, mouth, mouthing, mumble, mumbling, murmur, murmuration, murmuring, mussitate, mutter, muttering, news stirring, nod, nudge, office, on-dit, out with, pant, passing word, phonate, phrase, pipe, pointer, pour forth, present, prompt, pronounce, put forth, put hep, put in words, put next to, raise, report, roar, roorback, rub, rumble, rumor, say, scent, scream, screech, scuttlebutt, sense of touch, set forth, shade, shriek, sibilate, sigh, sign, signal, sing, sizzle, snap, snarl, snort, sob, soft voice, sough, sound, soupcon, speak incoherently, splutter, spoor, sputter, squall, squawk, squeal, stage whisper, steer, still small voice, stroke, suggestion, suspicion, susurrate, susurration, susurrus, swish, symptom, tactile sense, taction, take aside, talk, tap, tell, tell confidentially, telltale, tentative poke, throw off, thunder, tinge, tip, tip off, tip-off, touch, town talk, trace, track, trumpet, twang, unconfirmed report, underbreath, undertone, utter, verbalize, vocalize, voice, wail, warble, warning, wheeze, whiff, whine, whispering, whistle, whiz, whoosh, wink, word, yap, yawp, yell, yelp



Old English hwisprian, to whistle



  1. The act of speaking in a quiet voice.

Derived terms


the act of speaking in a quiet voice


  1. To talk in a quiet voice.


to talk in a quiet voice
Whisper may refer to:
In fiction:
  • Whisper (Fable), fictitious character in the popular Fantasy RPG Fable
  • Whisper, a character created by Ian Fleming in the James Bond novel and film Live and Let Die
  • Whisper (film), a 2007 horror film
In music:
  • "Whisper" (song), song by Evanescence on their debut album, Fallen
  • Whisper, a song by Morphine from their 1995 album Yes
  • Whisper (Band) A Melodic Rock & Metal band based in Newcastle upon Tyne.
In other:
whisper in French: Whisper
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