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 ?
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.
They whispered feverishly one to the other, without knowing what they were talking of, without hearing their own voices.
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.
Leaning over from his box, he whispered with mysterious indignation.
I can toil, and fight--and be faithful," he whispered, in a weary tone, "but I cannot go back to him who waits for me on the shore.
When school broke up at noon, Tom flew to Becky Thatcher, and whispered in her ear:
He's only just out of prison, and he hadn't finished his tea when he was sent in,' Haigha whispered to Alice: 'and they only give them oyster-shells in there--so you see he's very hungry and thirsty.
There--there's enough of that,' interposed Sikes, impatiently; and stooping over his recumbant friend, he whispered a few words in his ear: at which Mr.