simper

[sim-per]
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:
1555–65; 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

simperer, noun
simperingly, adverb
unsimpering, adjective


1, 3. smirk, snigger, snicker.
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simper (ˈsɪmpə)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to smile coyly, affectedly, or in a silly self-conscious way
2.  (tr) to utter (something) in a simpering manner
 
n
3.  a simpering smile; smirk
 
[C16: probably from Dutch simper affected]
 
'simperer
 
n
 
'simpering
 
adj, —n
 
'simperingly
 
adv

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simper
c.1563, perhaps from a Scand. source (e.g. dial. Dan. semper "affected, coy, prudish") or M.Du. zimperlijk "affected, coy, prim."
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Example sentences
There was not a touch of simpering, self-satisfied conventionality anywhere in the exhibition.
Her range consists mostly of two expressions: awkward simpering and clumsy pouting.
Wolff portrays his partner as a wealthy, simpering venture capitalist wannabe, and makes disagreeable sport of deceiving him.
And maybe a bit more training in smiling and simpering wouldn't go amiss for a lot of hospital staff.
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