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whispered

[hwis-perd, wis-] /ˈʰwɪs pərd, ˈwɪs-/
adjective
1.
rumored; reported:
He is whispered to be planning to run for governor.
Origin of whispered
1560-1570
1560-70; whisper + -ed2
Related forms
half-whispered, adjective
quasi-whispered, adjective
unwhispered, adjective

whisper

[hwis-per, wis-per] /ˈʰwɪs pər, ˈwɪs pər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to speak with soft, hushed sounds, using the breath, lips, etc., but with no vibration of the vocal cords.
2.
Phonetics. to produce utterance substituting breath for phonation.
3.
to talk softly and privately (often implying gossip, slander, plotting, or the like):
The king knew that the courtiers were whispering.
4.
(of trees, water, breezes, etc.) to make a soft, rustling sound like that of whispering.
verb (used with object)
5.
to utter with soft, low sounds, using the breath, lips, etc.:
He whispered endearments to her.
6.
Phonetics. to utter (speech sounds) substituting breath for phonation.
7.
to say or tell in a whisper; tell privately.
8.
to speak to or tell (a person) in a whisper or privately.
noun
9.
the mode of utterance, or the voice, of a person who whispers:
to speak in a whisper.
10.
a word or remark uttered by whispering.
11.
a rumor or insinuation:
Whispers circulated about the affair.
12.
a soft, rustling sound like a whisper:
the whisper of leaves in the wind.
Origin
before 950; Middle English whisperen (v.), Old English hwisprian; cognate with German wispern; akin to Old Norse hviskra to whisper, hvīsla to whistle. See whine
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  • Gradually it was whispered about that Ginny Cox had done it.

    Highacres Jane Abbott
  • "She won't be married," he whispered to himself in the darkness.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • “Her clothes are the strangest of all,” Lucile whispered to herself.

    The Crimson Thread Roy J. Snell
  • He whispered to the marshal that he would return, and slipped through the window.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • She whispered darkly to her friend, and they nodded knowingly.

British Dictionary definitions for whispered

whisper

/ˈwɪspə/
verb
1.
to speak or utter (something) in a soft hushed tone, esp without vibration of the vocal cords
2.
(intransitive) to speak secretly or furtively, as in promoting intrigue, gossip, etc
3.
(intransitive) (of leaves, trees, etc) to make a low soft rustling sound
4.
(transitive) to utter or suggest secretly or privately: to whisper treason
noun
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
Word Origin
Old English hwisprian; related to Old Norse hvīskra, Old High German hwispalōn, Dutch wispern
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Word Origin and History for whispered

whisper

v.

Old English hwisprian "speak very softly" (only in a Northumbrian gloss for Latin murmurare), from Proto-Germanic *khwis- (cf. Middle Dutch wispelen, Old High German hwispalon, German wispeln, wispern, Old Norse hviskra "to whisper"), imitative and probably related to Old English hwistlian "to whistle." Related: Whispered; whispering. The noun is from 1590s.

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Idioms and Phrases with whispered

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