- 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 simpered
She hesitated a moment; then she simpered the least bit and bridled.The Madonna of the Future
Jupillon smiled internally, and simpered and sneered externally.Germinie Lacerteux
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
Mrs Broadbent simpered a little and put her head on one side.Black, White and Gray
"You know they say a cat may look at a king," Miss Kitty simpered.The Tale of Miss Kitty Cat
Arthur Scott Bailey
But to stand by all day and be simpered to, and even cringed to, was galling in the extreme.My Friend Smith
Talbot Baines Reed
- (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 simpered
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.