simpering


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

simpering

adjective coy, affected, flirtatious, coquettish, kittenish a simpering little ninny
Translations

simpering

[ˈsɪmpərɪŋ] ADJ (= affected) → afectado; (= foolish) → atontado

simpering

[ˈsɪmpərɪŋ]
adj [person, smile] → minaudant(e), minaudier/ière
nminauderies fpl

simpering

adjgeziert, albern

simpering

[ˈsɪmprɪŋ] adjlezioso/a, smorfioso/a
References in classic literature ?
The proprietor of Sea-view Cottage had hitherto confined himself to bowing, simpering and admiring Magdalen through his half-closed eyelids.
He turned simpering to Magdalen, and added, in a lower tone: "I have found a new interest in my walk, Miss Bygrave.
Ward; lawyer Riverson, the new notable from a dis- tance; next the belle of the village, followed by a troop of lawn-clad and ribbon-decked young heart-breakers; then all the young clerks in town in a body -- for they had stood in the vestibule sucking their cane-heads, a circling wall of oiled and simpering admirers, till the last girl had run their gantlet; and last of all came the Model Boy, Willie Mufferson, taking as heedful care of his mother as if she were cut glass.
There now," said Miss Steele, affectedly simpering, "everybody laughs at me so about the Doctor, and I cannot think why.
Then forming his features into a set smile, and affectedly softening his voice, he added, with a simpering air, "Have you been long in Bath, madam?
To be Mary-Annish is to behave like a girl, whimpering because nurse won't carry you, or simpering with your thumb in your mouth, and it is a hateful quality, but to be mad- dog is to kick out at everything, and there is some satisfaction in that.
However, being greatly cautious to avoid being found in a mistake, she carried the secret a whole fortnight in her bosom, giving only some oblique hints, by simpering, winks, nods, and now and then dropping an obscure word, which indeed sufficiently alarmed Sophia, but did not at all affect her brother.
After simpering in a small way, like one whose modesty prohibited a more open expression of his admiration of a witticism that was perfectly unintelligible to his hearers, he continued, "It is not prudent for any one of my profession to be too familiar with those he has to instruct; for which reason I follow not the line of the army; besides which, I conclude that a gentleman of your character has the best judgment in matters of wayfaring; I have, therefore, decided to join company, in order that the ride may be made agreeable, and partake of social communion.
As for the Widow Wycherly, she stood before the mirror courtesying and simpering to her own image, and greeting it as the friend whom she loved better than all the world beside.
The next one spoke with a simpering precision of pronunciation that was irritating and said:
They are almost always relegated to being eye candy, hapless abuse victims, simpering love interests or one-dimensional damsels in distress.
FAO the simpering weather forecaster on Radio 4 the other morning, who announced that temperatures where dropping to 70F and "that's more like it".