quasi whispered


[hwis-perd, wis-]
rumored; reported: He is whispered to be planning to run for governor.

1560–70; whisper + -ed2

half-whispered, adjective
quasi-whispered, adjective
unwhispered, adjective
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Word Origin & History

O.E. hwisprian "speak very softly" (only in a Northumbrian gloss for L. murmurare), from P.Gmc. *khwis- (cf. M.Du. wispelen, O.H.G. hwispalon, Ger. wispeln, wispern, O.N. hviskra "to whisper"), imitative and probably related to O.E. hwistlian "to whistle." The noun is from 1596.
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