simperer


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sim·per

 (sĭm′pər)
v. sim·pered, sim·per·ing, sim·pers
v.intr.
To smile in a silly, self-conscious, often coy manner.
v.tr.
To utter or express with a silly, self-conscious, often coy smile: simpered a lame excuse.
n.
A silly, self-conscious, often coy smile.

[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

sim′per·er n.
sim′per·ing·ly adv.
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Noun1.simperer - a smiler whose smile is silly and self-conscious and sometimes coy
smiler - a person who smiles
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