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whis·per

 (wĭs′pər, hwĭs′-)
n.
1. Soft speech produced without using the full voice.
2. Something uttered very softly: overheard his whisper.
3. A secretly or surreptitiously expressed belief, rumor, or hint: whispers of scandal.
4. A low rustling sound: the whisper of wind in the pines.
v. whis·pered, whis·per·ing, whis·pers
v.intr.
1. To speak softly.
2. To speak quietly and privately, as by way of gossip, slander, or intrigue.
3. To make a soft rustling sound.
v.tr.
1. To utter very softly.
2. To say or tell privately or secretly.

[From Middle English whisperen, to whisper, from Old English hwisprian.]

whis′per·er n.
whis′per·y adj.

whisper

(ˈwɪspə)
vb
1. to speak or utter (something) in a soft hushed tone, esp without vibration of the vocal cords
2. (intr) to speak secretly or furtively, as in promoting intrigue, gossip, etc
3. (intr) (of leaves, trees, etc) to make a low soft rustling sound
4. (tr) to utter or suggest secretly or privately: to whisper treason.
n
5. a low soft voice: to speak in a whisper.
6. something uttered in such a voice
7. a low soft rustling sound
8. a trace or suspicion
9. informal a rumour or secret
[Old English hwisprian; related to Old Norse hvīskra, Old High German hwispalōn, Dutch wispern]

whis•per

(ˈʰwɪs pər, ˈwɪs pər)

v.i.
1. to speak with soft hushed sounds using the breath but with no vibration of the vocal cords.
2. to talk softly and privately, often implying gossip: The town whispered about the rumors.
3. to make a soft rustling sound like that of whispering: The breeze whispers in the leaves.
v.t.
4. to utter with soft low sounds using the breath: She whispered endearments to him.
5. to say in a whisper; tell privately.
6. to speak to or tell (a person) in a whisper or privately.
n.
7. the mode of utterance, or the voice, of one who whispers: to speak in a whisper.
8. a word or remark uttered by whispering.
9. a rumor or insinuation.
10. a soft rustling sound like a whisper.
[before 950; Middle English; Old English hwisprian, c. German wispern; akin to Old Norse hviskra to whisper, hvīsla to whistle]
whis′per•y, adj.

whisper


Past participle: whispered
Gerund: whispering

Imperative
whisper
whisper
Present
I whisper
you whisper
he/she/it whispers
we whisper
you whisper
they whisper
Preterite
I whispered
you whispered
he/she/it whispered
we whispered
you whispered
they whispered
Present Continuous
I am whispering
you are whispering
he/she/it is whispering
we are whispering
you are whispering
they are whispering
Present Perfect
I have whispered
you have whispered
he/she/it has whispered
we have whispered
you have whispered
they have whispered
Past Continuous
I was whispering
you were whispering
he/she/it was whispering
we were whispering
you were whispering
they were whispering
Past Perfect
I had whispered
you had whispered
he/she/it had whispered
we had whispered
you had whispered
they had whispered
Future
I will whisper
you will whisper
he/she/it will whisper
we will whisper
you will whisper
they will whisper
Future Perfect
I will have whispered
you will have whispered
he/she/it will have whispered
we will have whispered
you will have whispered
they will have whispered
Future Continuous
I will be whispering
you will be whispering
he/she/it will be whispering
we will be whispering
you will be whispering
they will be whispering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been whispering
you have been whispering
he/she/it has been whispering
we have been whispering
you have been whispering
they have been whispering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been whispering
you will have been whispering
he/she/it will have been whispering
we will have been whispering
you will have been whispering
they will have been whispering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been whispering
you had been whispering
he/she/it had been whispering
we had been whispering
you had been whispering
they had been whispering
Conditional
I would whisper
you would whisper
he/she/it would whisper
we would whisper
you would whisper
they would whisper
Past Conditional
I would have whispered
you would have whispered
he/she/it would have whispered
we would have whispered
you would have whispered
they would have whispered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whisper - speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cordswhisper - speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
speaking, speech production - the utterance of intelligible speech
stage whisper - a loud whisper that can be overheard; on the stage it is heard by the audience but it supposed to be inaudible to the rest of the cast
2.whisper - a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
Verb1.whisper - speak softlywhisper - speak softly; in a low voice  
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
shout - utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice (usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking); "My grandmother is hard of hearing--you'll have to shout"

whisper

verb
1. murmur, breathe, mutter, mumble, purr, speak in hushed tones, say softly, say sotto voce, utter under the breath `Keep your voice down,' I whispered.
murmur shout, roar, yell, thunder, bellow, clamour, bawl
2. gossip, hint, intimate, murmur, insinuate, spread rumours People started whispering that the pair were having an affair.
3. rustle, sigh, moan, murmur, hiss, swish, sough, susurrate (literary) The leaves whispered and rustled in the breeze.
noun
1. murmur, mutter, mumble, undertone, low voice, soft voice, hushed tone Men were talking in whispers in the corridor.
2. (Informal) rumour, report, word, story, hint, buzz, gossip, dirt (U.S. slang), innuendo, insinuation, scuttlebutt (U.S. slang) I've heard a whisper that he is planning to resign.
3. rustle, sigh, sighing, murmur, hiss, swish, soughing, susurration or susurrus (literary) the slight whisper of the wind in the grass
4. hint, shadow, suggestion, trace, breath, suspicion, fraction, tinge, whiff There is a whisper of conspiracy about the whole affair.

whisper

noun
1. A low, indistinct, and often continuous sound:
2. A slight amount or indication:
Informal: whisker.
verb
1. To speak or utter indistinctly, as by lowering the voice or partially closing the mouth:
2. To engage in or spread gossip:
3. To tell in confidence:
4. To make a low, continuous, and indistinct sound:
Translations
تُسْمِعُ الأوراقُ حَفيفاهمسهَمْسيَهْمِسيَهْمِسُ
xiuxiuejar
šeptat
hviskehviskenhvisle
kuiskata
šapat
suttogsuttogássusog
hvíslhvíslaskrjáfa
ささやく
속삭이다
šnabždesysšnabždėtišnibždėjimasšnibždesyskuždesys
čabētčukstēšanačukstētčuksts
şoaptăşoptisusura
šepkaťšepot
šepetšepetati
šapat
viska
กระซิบ
nói thầm

whisper

[ˈwɪspəʳ]
A. N
1. (lit) (= low tone) → cuchicheo m, susurro m; [of leaves] → susurro m
to speak in a whisperhablar en voz baja, susurrar
to say sth in a whisperdecir algo en voz baja, susurrar algo
her voice was scarcely more than a whispersu voz no era más que un susurro
2. (= rumour) → rumor m, voz f
there is a whisper thatcorre el rumor or la voz de que ..., se rumorea que ...
at the least whisper of scandalal menor indicio del escándalo
B. VT
1. (lit) → decir en voz baja, susurrar
to whisper sth to sbdecir algo al oído de algn, susurrar algo a algn
2. (fig) it is whispered thatcorre la voz de que ..., se rumorea que ...
C. VI (= talk) → cuchichear, susurrar, hablar muy bajo; [leaves] → susurrar
to whisper to sbcuchichear a algn
it's rude to whisper in companyes de mala educación cuchichear en compañía, secretos en reunión es falta de educación
stop whispering!¡silencio!

whisper

hwɪspər]
n
[people] → chuchotement m
to speak in whispers → chuchoter
in a whisper → dans un murmure
[leaves] → bruissement m
vtmurmurer
She whispered his name → Elle murmura son nom.
to whisper sth to sb → murmurer qch à qn
vichuchoter
Why are you whispering? → Pourquoi chuchotes-tu?

whisper

n
(= low tone)Geflüster nt no pl, → Flüstern nt no pl; (of wind, leaves)Wispern nt no pl; (mysterious) → Raunen nt no pl; to speak in a whisperim Flüsterton sprechen; to say something in a whisperetw im Flüsterton sagen; they were talking in whisperssie sprachen flüsternd or im Flüsterton
(= rumour)Gerücht nt; there are whispers (going round) that …es geht das Gerücht or es gehen Gerüchte um, dass …; have you heard any whispers about who might be promoted?haben Sie irgendwelche Andeutungen gehört or haben Sie etwas läuten hören (inf), → wer befördert werden soll?
vt
(= say quietly)flüstern, wispern; to whisper something to somebodyjdm etw zuflüstern or zuwispern; (secretively) → jdm etw zuraunen; to whisper a word in(to) somebody’s ear (fig)jdm einen leisen Tipp geben, jdm etw andeuten
(= rumour) it’s (being) whispered that …es geht das Gerücht or es gehen Gerüchte um, dass …, man munkelt or es wird gemunkelt, dass …
viflüstern, wispern (also fig); (secretively) → raunen; (schoolchildren)tuscheln; (poet: wind) → säuseln; to whisper to somebodyjdm zuflüstern/zuwispern/zuraunen, mit jdm tuscheln; just whisper to mesags mir flüsternd; stop whispering!hör/hört auf zu flüstern!; (schoolchildren)hört auf zu tuscheln, lasst das Getuschel!

whisper

[ˈwɪspəʳ]
1. n
a. (gen) → sussurro, bisbiglio; (of leaves) → fruscio, stormire m
to speak in a whisper → bisbigliare
b. (rumour) → voce f
2. vtbisbigliare, sussurrare
to whisper sth to sb → bisbigliare qc a qn
3. vi (gen) → bisbigliare; (leaves) → frusciare, stormire
to whisper to sb → bisbigliare a qn

whisper

(ˈwispə) verb
1. to speak or say very softly. You'll have to whisper or he'll hear you; `Don't tell him,' she whispered.
2. (of trees etc) to make a soft sound in the wind. The leaves whispered in the breeze.
noun
a very quiet sound, especially something said. They spoke in whispers.
ˈwhisperer noun

whisper

يَهْمِسُ šeptat hviske flüstern ψυθιρίζω susurrar kuiskata chuchoter šapat sussurrare ささやく 속삭이다 fluisteren hviske szepnąć sussurrar шептать viska กระซิบ fısıldamak nói thầm 耳语

whis·per

n. susurro, cuchicheo;
v. susurrar, cuchichear.

whisper

vt susurrar, decir en voz baja; I'm going to whisper a word to see if you can hear me..Voy a susurrar una palabra para ver si me puede esuchar; vi susurrar, hablar en voz baja
References in classic literature ?
And Laurie looked at her with an expression which made her answer in a whisper.
asked Ned in a whisper to his chum, when they were about to leave the table.
The minute supper was over, Otto took me into the kitchen to whisper to me about a pony down in the barn that had been bought for me at a sale; he had been riding him to find out whether he had any bad tricks, but he was a `perfect gentleman,' and his name was Dude.
Maybe your Gulf spirit will whisper to you in which of these islands the treasures are hidden--direct you to the very spot, perhaps.
Now, Uncas," he continued, in a half whisper, and laughing with a kind of inward sound, like one who had learned to be watchful, "I will bet my charger three times full of powder, against a foot of wampum, that I take him atwixt the eyes, and nearer to the right than to the left.
At two or three epochs, when the fortunes of the family were low, this representative of hereditary qualities had made his appearance, and caused the traditionary gossips of the town to whisper among themselves, "Here is the old Pyncheon come again
There was always a prophetic instinct, a low whisper in my ear, that within no long period, and whenever a new change of custom should be essential to my good, change would come.
Whisper it not, and I will tell; with a treacherous hook and line, as the fowl floated on the sea.
then in his old intense whisper -- give way, greyhounds
Please, Becky -- I'll whisper it, I'll whisper it ever so easy.
He liked the mysteriousness of it and did his best, but in the midst of excited enjoyment it is rather difficult never to laugh above a whisper.
But the circumstance about him which impressed me most, was, that he had no voice, but spoke in a whisper.