No “simpering chit” of a girl, Rebecca is fierce and steely, a woman whose own father cannot quite figure her out.
Her and that simpering silly that's trotting round after her had ought to be put in a bag and shaken up, that they ought.
You're simpering at some hidden invention of your own, and you know it.
"Hay has got all the money," said the simpering admirer who answered to the name of Tempest.
"Dear Mamie is away, the servant tells me," she said, simpering.
But there they are, simpering a paltry patriotism, insipid as history and ridiculous as art.
“Ya-as,” agreed Mrs. Pritchett, simpering and looking at him sideways.
She is as unlike that as she is unlike the simpering misses that used to surround me as a child.
"Yes, indeed," she answered, showing her white teeth in a simpering smile.
Leave to the laureate of sickly posiesGavami's hospital sylphs, a simpering choir!
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.