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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.]

sim′per·er n.
sim′per·ing·ly adv.
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Adv.1.simperingly - with a lack of courage and determination; "simperingly, the accused begged for mercy"
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[ˈsɪmpərɪŋlɪ] ADV (= affectedly) → afectadamente; (= foolishly) → tontamente
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Another nontisay standout is May May Entrata, who's tall and even lanky, a probinsyana through and through-but, not simperingly shy-and even funny!
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Its depiction of the pagan debaucheries of Ancient Rome is staged with too much relish for the story's ultimate negation of them to be remotely credible, and Claudette Colbert's cheerfully dissolute, milk-bathing, bisexual anti-heroine Poppaea too clearly steals the film from Elissa Landi's simperingly virtuous Christian heroine Mercia for there to be any confusion about its real priorities.
Football's heartbeat no longer pounds in the chest of the working classes - it simply ticks simperingly beneath the designer sweaters of the privileged.
"John and I have decided we could never be on the jud gi n g panel as we couldn't be as nasty as Jason Gard iner a nd would be afra id of coming across as simperingly nice." And they had high praise for amputee Heather M ills.