Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
v. sim·pered, sim·per·ing, sim·pers
To smile in a silly, self-conscious, often coy manner.
To utter or express with a silly, self-conscious, often coy smile: simpered a lame excuse.
A silly, self-conscious, often coy smile.
[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (intr) to smile coyly, affectedly, or in a silly self-conscious way
2. (tr) to utter (something) in a simpering manner
a simpering smile; smirk
[C16: probably from Dutch simper affected]
ˈsimpering adj, n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to smile in a silly, self-conscious way.v.t.
2. to say with a simper.n.
3. a silly, self-conscious smile.
[1555–65; akin to Middle Dutch zimperlijc, dial. Dan simper affected]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
simper- To smile in a silly or self-conscious way.
See also related terms for silly.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: simpered
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||simper - a silly self-conscious smile|
|Verb||1.||simper - smile affectedly or derisively|
smile - change one's facial expression by spreading the lips, often to signal pleasure
fleer - to smirk contemptuously
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
verb smile coyly, smirk, smile self-consciously, smile affectedly The maid lowered her chin and simpered.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
To smile in an affected, knowing way:
An affected, knowing smile:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
vt → säuseln
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995