|1.||to speak or utter (something) in a soft hushed tone, esp without vibration of the vocal cords|
|2.||(intr) to speak secretly or furtively, as in promoting intrigue, gossip, etc|
|3.||(intr) (of leaves, trees, etc) to make a low soft rustling sound|
|4.||(tr) to utter or suggest secretly or privately: to whisper treason|
|5.||a low soft voice: to speak in a whisper|
|6.||something uttered in such a voice|
|7.||a low soft rustling sound|
|8.||a trace or suspicion|
|9.||informal a rumour or secret|
|[Old English hwisprian; related to Old Norse hvīskra, Old High German hwispalōn, Dutch wispern]|
see stage whisper.
speech in which the vocal cords are held rigid, preventing the vibration that produces normal sounds. In whispering, voiceless sounds are produced as usual; but voiced sounds (e.g., vowels) are produced by forcing air through a narrow glottal opening formed by holding the vocal cords rigid and close together. See also voice; vocal fry.
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