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Meaning of WHISPER

Pronunciation:  'wispur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
  2. [n]  the light noise like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
  3. [v]  speak softly; in a low voice

WHISPER is a 7 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: rustle, rustling, susurration, whispering, whispering
 Antonyms: shout
 See Also: mouth, noise, speak, speaking, speech production, stage whisper, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Whis"per\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Whispered}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Whispering}.] [AS. hwisprian; akin to G. wispern,
    wispeln, OHG. hwispal?n, Icel. hv[=i]skra, Sw. hviska, Dan.
    hviske; of imitative origin. Cf. {Whistle}.]
    1. To speak softly, or under the breath, so as to be heard
       only by one near at hand; to utter words without sonant
       breath; to talk without that vibration in the larynx which
       gives sonorous, or vocal, sound. See {Whisper}, n.
    2. To make a low, sibilant sound or noise.
             The hollow, whispering breeze.        --Thomson.
    3. To speak with suspicion, or timorous caution; to converse
       in whispers, as in secret plotting.
             All that hate me whisper together against me. --Ps.
                                                   xli. 7.
  2. \Whis"per\, v. t.
    1. To utter in a low and nonvocal tone; to say under the
       breath; hence, to mention privately and confidentially, or
       in a whisper.
             They might buzz and whisper it one to another.
    2. To address in a whisper, or low voice. [Archaic]
             And whisper one another in the ear.   --Shak.
             Where gentlest breezes whisper souls distressed.
    3. To prompt secretly or cautiously; to inform privately.
       [Obs.] ``He came to whisper Wolsey.'' --Shak.
  3. \Whis"per\, n.
    1. A low, soft, sibilant voice or utterance, which can be
       heard only by those near at hand; voice or utterance that
       employs only breath sound without tone, friction against
       the edges of the vocal cords and arytenoid cartilages
       taking the place of the vibration of the cords that
       produces tone; sometimes, in a limited sense, the sound
       produced by such friction as distinguished from breath
       sound made by friction against parts of the mouth. See
       {Voice}, n., 2, and Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect]
       5, 153, 154.
             The inward voice or whisper can not give a tone.
             Soft whispers through the assembly went. --Dryden.
    2. A cautious or timorous speech. --South.
    3. Something communicated in secret or by whispering; a
       suggestion or insinuation.
    4. A low, sibilant sound. ``The whispers of the leaves.''