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simper

[sim-per] /ˈsɪm pər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to smile in a silly, self-conscious way.
verb (used with object)
2.
to say with a simper.
noun
3.
a silly, self-conscious smile.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; akin to Middle Dutch zimperlijc, dialectal Danish simper affected, Danish sippe affected woman, orig. one who sips (see sip), a way of drinking thought to be affected
Related forms
simperer, noun
simperingly, adverb
unsimpering, adjective
Synonyms
1, 3. smirk, snigger, snicker.
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British Dictionary definitions for simper

simper

/ˈsɪmpə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to smile coyly, affectedly, or in a silly self-conscious way
2.
(transitive) to utter (something) in a simpering manner
noun
3.
a simpering smile; smirk
Derived Forms
simperer, noun
simpering, adjective, noun
simperingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: probably from Dutch simper affected
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Word Origin and History for simper
v.

1560s, "to smile in an affected and silly way," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (e.g. dialectal Danish semper "affected, coy, prudish") or Middle Dutch zimperlijk "affected, coy, prim," of unknown origin. Related: Simpered; simpering. As a noun, 1590s, from the verb.

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