- to smile in a silly, self-conscious way.
- to say with a simper.
- a silly, self-conscious smile.
Origin of simper
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Examples from the Web for simper
Of course her smile was a make-believe, nothing more nor less than a simper.Prudy Keeping House
She is great on a biled dinner, where the 'gredients have to jes' simper along.Molly Brown's Orchard Home
"Suppose he wishes to imitate the Duke of Marlborough," says Simper.Roundabout Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray
The hat and veil, said Madame, with a simper, were sixty dollars.A Modern Chronicle, Complete
"That is the author of 'Love in a Cloud,'" she said with a simper of self-consciousness.Love in a Cloud
- (intr) to smile coyly, affectedly, or in a silly self-conscious way
- (tr) to utter (something) in a simpering manner
- a simpering smile; smirk
Word Origin and History for simper
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.