"That is the author of 'Love in a Cloud,'" she said with a simper of self-consciousness.
"Suppose he wishes to imitate the Duke of Marlborough," says simper.
The plump Phbe rose after many hesitations, and, with a simper and a blush and pretty air of fright, took the ministers arm.
And with a simper I left my gallant and dapper cavalier to pay the bill.
They might gabble in a corner to each other and simper and giggle and pretend, but they were ballet-hoppers.
Horatio did not like the sisters; he called them in his simple way "Giggle" and "simper."
She satirizes human foibles and weaknesses, showing ghosts that gossip and gormandize, simper and swear as they did in life.
Lily said, with the simper proper when speaking to strangers.
Amelie was not fool enough to take this as a compliment, or to simper acknowledgments.
Perhaps he would be wiser if he married me,” she said with a simper; “but of course middle-aged men prefer young girls.
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.