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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 ?
The Marionette, being no exception to this rule, slept on peacefully for a few hours till well along toward midnight, when he was awakened by strange whisperings and stealthy sounds coming from the yard.
Suspicions that the mind of itself gathers, are but buzzes; but suspicions that are artificially nourished, and put into men's heads, by the tales and whisperings of others, have stings.
And at the zenith of his fame, how he would suddenly appear at the old village and stalk into church, brown and weather-beaten, in his black velvet doublet and trunks, his great jack-boots, his crimson sash, his belt bristling with horse-pistols, his crime-rusted cut- lass at his side, his slouch hat with waving plumes, his black flag unfurled, with the skull and crossbones on it, and hear with swelling ecstasy the whisperings, "It's Tom Sawyer the Pirate
And with the whisperings went chucklings and nudgings and winks, and such things have an effect.
And ever in vaguest whisperings and clearest trumpet-calls came the message that sometime, somewhere, somehow, he would run Luck down, make himself the master of Luck, and tie it and brand it as his own.
It came from James, and seems to show the tenor of their whisperings, for his words were, 'Easily enough, if you slip me beneath your shawl.
Let nothing linger after-- No whispering ghost remain, In wall, or beam, or rafter, Of any hate or pain: Cleanse and call home thy spirit, Deny her leave to cast, On aught thy heirs inherit, The shadow of her past.
Because I feel that, in the Heavens above, The angels, whispering to one another, Can find, among their burning terms of love, None so devotional as that of "Mother," Therefore by that dear name I long have called you -- You who are more than mother unto me, And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you In setting my Virginia's spirit free.
And I cried in terror at this whispering, and the blood left my face: but I was silent.
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.
Last night within my chamber's gloom some vague light breath of Spring Came wandering and whispering, and bade my soul take wing.
He ran by my side without footsteps, whispering, whispering old words--whispering into my ear in his old voice.