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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.]
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
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]
simper- To smile in a silly or self-conscious way.
See also related terms for silly.
Past participle: simpered
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|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
verb smile coyly, smirk, smile self-consciously, smile affectedly The maid lowered her chin and simpered.
To smile in an affected, knowing way:
An affected, knowing smile: