What does whisper mean?

Definitions for whisper
ˈʰwɪs pər, ˈwɪs pərwhis·per

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whisper, whispering, susurration, voicelessness(noun)

    speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords

  2. rustle, rustling, whisper, whispering(verb)

    a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind

  3. whisper(verb)

    speak softly; in a low voice

Wiktionary

  1. whisper(Noun)

    The act of speaking in a quiet voice, especially, without vibration of the vocal cords.

    Etymology: From hwisprian.

  2. whisper(Verb)

    To talk in a quiet voice.

    Etymology: From hwisprian.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whisper(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [AS. hwisprian; akin to G. wispern, wispeln, OHG. hwispaln, Icel. hvskra, Sw. hviska, Dan. hviske; of imitative origin. Cf. Whistle.]

  2. Whisper(noun)

    to make a low, sibilant sound or noise

    Etymology: [AS. hwisprian; akin to G. wispern, wispeln, OHG. hwispaln, Icel. hvskra, Sw. hviska, Dan. hviske; of imitative origin. Cf. Whistle.]

  3. Whisper(noun)

    to speak with suspicion, or timorous caution; to converse in whispers, as in secret plotting

    Etymology: [AS. hwisprian; akin to G. wispern, wispeln, OHG. hwispaln, Icel. hvskra, Sw. hviska, Dan. hviske; of imitative origin. Cf. Whistle.]

  4. Whisper(verb)

    to utter in a low and nonvocal tone; to say under the breath; hence, to mention privately and confidentially, or in a whisper

    Etymology: [AS. hwisprian; akin to G. wispern, wispeln, OHG. hwispaln, Icel. hvskra, Sw. hviska, Dan. hviske; of imitative origin. Cf. Whistle.]

  5. Whisper(verb)

    to address in a whisper, or low voice

    Etymology: [AS. hwisprian; akin to G. wispern, wispeln, OHG. hwispaln, Icel. hvskra, Sw. hviska, Dan. hviske; of imitative origin. Cf. Whistle.]

  6. Whisper(verb)

    to prompt secretly or cautiously; to inform privately

    Etymology: [AS. hwisprian; akin to G. wispern, wispeln, OHG. hwispaln, Icel. hvskra, Sw. hviska, Dan. hviske; of imitative origin. Cf. Whistle.]

  7. Whisper(noun)

    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, // 5, 153, 154

    Etymology: [AS. hwisprian; akin to G. wispern, wispeln, OHG. hwispaln, Icel. hvskra, Sw. hviska, Dan. hviske; of imitative origin. Cf. Whistle.]

  8. Whisper(noun)

    a cautious or timorous speech

    Etymology: [AS. hwisprian; akin to G. wispern, wispeln, OHG. hwispaln, Icel. hvskra, Sw. hviska, Dan. hviske; of imitative origin. Cf. Whistle.]

  9. Whisper(noun)

    something communicated in secret or by whispering; a suggestion or insinuation

    Etymology: [AS. hwisprian; akin to G. wispern, wispeln, OHG. hwispaln, Icel. hvskra, Sw. hviska, Dan. hviske; of imitative origin. Cf. Whistle.]

  10. Whisper(noun)

    a low, sibilant sound

    Etymology: [AS. hwisprian; akin to G. wispern, wispeln, OHG. hwispaln, Icel. hvskra, Sw. hviska, Dan. hviske; of imitative origin. Cf. Whistle.]

Freebase

  1. Whisper

    Whisper is a 2007 horror film directed by Stewart Hendler and written by Christopher Borrelli. The film revolves around the kidnapping of a young boy, David, who is more than he appears and brings unexpected troubles for his kidnappers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whisper

    hwis′pėr, v.i. to speak with a low sound: to speak very softly: to plot secretly.—v.t. to utter in a low voice or under the breath.—n. a low, hissing voice or sound: cautious or timorous speaking: a secret hint: a low rustling sound.—ns. Whis′perer, one who whispers: (B.) a secret informer; Whis′pering, whispered talk: insinuation.—adj. like a whisper.—n. Whis′pering-gall′ery, a gallery or dome so constructed that a whisper or slight sound is carried to an unusual distance.—advs. Whis′peringly, in a whisper or low voice; Whis′perously, in a whisper. [A.S. hwisprian; Ger. wispern, Ice. hvískra; allied to whistle.]

CrunchBase

  1. Whisper

    Whisper is an anonymous social network that connects people through shared experiences.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whisper' in Verbs Frequency: #547

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How to say whisper in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whisper in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whisper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of whisper in a Sentence

  1. Ben Carson:

    The explanation is that that occurred over 50 years ago, have you ever played that party game where you whisper into the person's ear and then they tell it, and by the time it gets all the way back around it's a different story ? That's what we're talking about here.

  2. James Carroll:

    We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of thingsbut there are times when we stop. We sit sill. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.

  3. Thomas Fuller:

    Let not thy will roar, when thy power can but whisper.

  4. Christopher Boian:

    If at any stage in that process there is ever the slightest shadow of a doubt or the slightest whisper of suspicion, they are removed from the process. That is that, the very, very few Syrian refugees who are accepted and referred for consideration for resettlement in another country -- there simply is no more closely scrutinized population on earth these days.

  5. RJ Intindola:

    My Broken Pieces A few weeks back, a longtime friend asked if I would meet her for lunch to discuss a new job offer. We sat in the restaurant for forty-five minutes discussing her new job opportunity when her face grew solemn. She sighed, staring down into her plate. I asked, “is everything all right,” knowing she did not ask me to meet to discuss a job offer. She said, “everything is fine, but I cannot get your story or quote about the broken pieces out of my mind.” She took a deep breath raised her head and, in half whisper, said, “it really described the broken pieces in my marriage? I answered, “when promises, borders and commitment are broken, and especially betrayal, the relationship may be repaired but never return to what it once was or could have been.” Before she left, she thanked me for giving her a copy. I refer to the story, as “The Broken Vase.” The Broken Vase Love and marriage are often broken by betrayal, lies and unkept promises. Betrayal is the ultimate form of deceit and deception. It reminded me of something I wrote many years ago about a vase that was knocked off the shelf and broken into many pieces. For a moment you’re not sure what to do but then you decide to try and repair it. Imagine trying to pick up the pieces of your life, left behind in the wake of betrayal. You must be methodical and cautious because your path is covered with egg shells. You realize it may not be the same as it once was, but would vase be good enough to keep. After all, you’ve had it for thirty years. When you believe all the pieces have been collected and placed on the table, you do one last search for the smallest pieces you may have missed. You find two small pieces, place them on the table and stare down at the broken pieces of something you cherished and was beautiful. Something so precious you often proudly displayed it to friends Over a period of three weeks, you managed to glue the vase back together. You slowly turn it around on the table and realize it is an archaic reproduction of its original form. There are holes in it created by pieces you did not find and never will. Like the pieces missing from your relationship. Held together by history and commitment but still broken. And severely damaged. The vase will never hold flowers again because it cannot hold water. And like your relationship, it has become fragile as you watch a piece fall off the vase when you lifted off the table. And when you think about the broken pieces collected from your relationship, you know that will also never be the same. As you held up the beautiful vase to show people it’s beauty, that now is simply a collection of glued pieces that resembles your relationship. You can no longer showcase your marriage. Only because of its history you place the vase back on the self, but it seems out of place and detracts from the ambience around it. After a few weeks you take the vase to your home office and place it on a shelf. A few weeks later, you sadly change the location to the closet. And like your relationship it has been moved to a different place. A dark place. When people say to you, you and your wife seem to get along very well. You think about showing them the vase. All that remains of the relationship is held together by glue. After several years you are still seeking out the missing pieces from your heart knowing deep inside you will never find. There’s only one way to get them back and that is to leave. But leaving will also mean breaking more pieces. Those are your two choices. If you leave, you will get back some of the pieces you lost but you would lose others by virtue of leaving.

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