[hwis-perd, wis-]

1560–70; whisper + -ed2

half-whispered, adjective
quasi-whispered, adjective
unwhispered, adjective
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[hwis-per, wis-per]
verb (used without object)
to speak with soft, hushed sounds, using the breath, lips, etc., but with no vibration of the vocal cords.
Phonetics. to produce utterance substituting breath for phonation.
to talk softly and privately (often implying gossip, slander, plotting, or the like): The king knew that the courtiers were whispering.
(of trees, water, breezes, etc.) to make a soft, rustling sound like that of whispering.
verb (used with object)
to utter with soft, low sounds, using the breath, lips, etc.: He whispered endearments to her.
Phonetics. to utter (speech sounds) substituting breath for phonation.
to say or tell in a whisper; tell privately.
to speak to or tell (a person) in a whisper or privately.
the mode of utterance, or the voice, of a person who whispers: to speak in a whisper.
a word or remark uttered by whispering.
a rumor or insinuation: Whispers circulated about the affair.
a soft, rustling sound like a whisper: the whisper of leaves in the wind.

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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whisper (ˈwɪspə)
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]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hwisprian "speak very softly" (only in a Northumbrian gloss for L. murmurare), from P.Gmc. *khwis- (cf. M.Du. wispelen, O.H.G. hwispalon, Ger. wispeln, wispern, O.N. hviskra "to whisper"), imitative and probably related to O.E. hwistlian "to whistle." The noun is from 1596.
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Example sentences
If the individual fails the whispered voice test, the audiometric test should
  be administered.
Forced whisper test is to first perceive a forced whispered voice, in one ear,
  at not less than five feet.
Hearing works the same way: a vowel is still a vowel whether it's yelled or
But others have whispered that the quality of the university itself has been
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