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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.

whispering

(ˈwɪspərɪŋ)
n
1. the act of speaking in a low soft voice
2. the act of uttering or suggesting something secretly or privately
3. a low soft rustling sound
adj
4. (of a voice) low and soft
5. making a low soft rustling sound

whis•per•ing

(ˈʰwɪs pər ɪŋ, ˈwɪs-)

n.
1. whispered talk or conversation.
2. rumor or gossip.
3. a whispered sound.
adj.
4. making a sound like a whisper.
5. like a whisper.
6. gossipy.
7. conversing in whispers.
[before 1000]
whis′per•ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whispering - 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"
2.whispering - speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cordswhispering - 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
Adj.1.whispering - making a low continuous indistinct sound; "like murmuring waves"; "susurrant voices"
soft - (of sound) relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music"
Translations

whispering

[ˈwɪspərɪŋ]
A. N
1. (= talking) → cuchicheo m; [of leaves] → susurro m
2. (= gossip) → chismes mpl, chismografía f; (= rumours) → rumores mpl
B. CPD whispering campaign Ncampaña f de murmuraciones

whispering

hwɪspərɪŋ] nchuchotements mpl

whispering

nGeflüster nt no pl, → Flüstern nt no pl; (poet: of wind) → Säuseln nt no pl; (of schoolchildren)Tuscheln nt no pl, → Getuschel nt no pl; (fig)Gemunkel nt no pl, → Getuschel nt no pl

whispering

:
whispering campaign
whispering gallery
nFlüstergewölbe ntor -galerie f

whispering

[ˈwɪsprɪŋ] nbisbiglio; (of leaves) → fruscio
there's been a lot of whispering about her → sono corse parecchie voci sul suo conto
References in classic literature ?
There was a good deal of rustling and whispering behind the curtain, a trifle of lamp smoke, and an occasional giggle from Amy, who was apt to get hysterical in the excitement of the moment.
Getting out of bed, she arranged a blanket so that in the darkness it looked like a form lying between the sheets and, kneeling beside the bed, she caressed it, whispering words over and over, like a refrain.
The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.
exclaimed the proprietor of the condemned animal, aloud, without regard to the whispering tones used by the others; "spare the foal of Miriam
A hundred mysterious years were whispering among the leaves, whenever the slight sea-breeze found its way thither and stirred them.
He bowed courteously to the communicative townsman, and whispering a few words to his Indian attendant, they both made their way through the crowd.
Apparently there had been some appalling act of justice recently inflicted, for his scholars were all busily intent upon their books, or slyly whispering behind them with one eye kept upon the master; and a kind of buzzing stillness reigned throughout the schoolroom.
With bent head and half-slouched hat he continued to pace, unmindful of the wondering whispering among the men; till Stubb cautiously whispered to Flask, that Ahab must have summoned them there for the purpose of witnessing a pedestrian feat.
Teta Elzbieta is all in a flutter, like a hummingbird; her sisters, too, keep running up behind her, whispering, breathless.
I saw your winking and whispering, the day I took him out of the factory; but you don't come it over me that way.
They were that excited, and whispering around together; why, anybody could see that they - But my
A good part of the whispering had been occasioned by an event which was more or less rare -- the entrance of visitors: lawyer Thatcher, accompanied by a very feeble and aged man; a fine, portly, middle-aged gentle- man with iron-gray hair; and a dignified lady who was doubtless the latter's wife.