whispered


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whis·per

 (wĭs′pər, hwĭs′-)
n.
1. Soft speech produced without using the full voice.
2. Something uttered very softly: overheard his whisper.
3. A secretly or surreptitiously expressed belief, rumor, or hint: whispers of scandal.
4. A low rustling sound: the whisper of wind in the pines.
v. whis·pered, whis·per·ing, whis·pers
v.intr.
1. To speak softly.
2. To speak quietly and privately, as by way of gossip, slander, or intrigue.
3. To make a soft rustling sound.
v.tr.
1. To utter very softly.
2. To say or tell privately or secretly.

[From Middle English whisperen, to whisper, from Old English hwisprian.]

whis′per·er n.
whis′per·y adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.whispered - spoken in soft hushed tones without vibrations of the vocal cords; "a long whispered conversation"
surd, unvoiced, voiceless, hard - produced without vibration of the vocal cords; "unvoiced consonants such as `p' and `k' and `s'"
References in classic literature ?
So they passed to the bed beside the discontented bee, and here upon the softest down lay the dove, whose gentle eyes looked gratefully upon the Fairy, as she knelt beside the little couch, smoothed the soft white bosom, folded her arms about it and wept sorrowing tears, while the bird still whispered its gratitude and love.
'I have the happiness of knowing your father-in-law,' whispered Mr.
"You are all the women in the world," I whispered bending over her.
"Come here again in the morning," she whispered. "You will see then.
Then, to her surprise, she heard in whispered English; "Come quietly, while they are not looking."
"I heard him fumbling here and just managed to squat myself down in the bath," he whispered to me.
In the midst of the service the voices of the priests suddenly ceased, they whispered to one another, and the old servant who was holding the count's hand got up and said something to the ladies.
"Take care!" whispered Dorothea, in her sister's ear.
And when they had gone into the ship's dining-room and were having tea, Dab-Dab came up behind the Doctor's chair and whispered.
After a moment's hesitation he replied, "I nearly remember," and presently he added very gratefully, as if to some angel who had whispered to him, "I remember now."
The breezes whispered strange secrets of elf-haunted glens, and the hollows where the ferns grew were brimmed with mystery and romance.
He understood even what the nurse had whispered. He had caught the words "always at nine o'clock," and he knew that this was said of his father, and that his father and mother could not meet.