- a loud whisper on a stage, meant to be heard by the audience.
- any whisper loud enough to be overheard.
Origin of stage whisper
Examples from the Web for stage whisper
She came to their corner, and, bending over Dolly, spoke to her in stage-whisper.Vagabondia
Frances Hodgson Burnett
"Sure, they're no words of yours," said some one in a stage-whisper, far down in the audience.The Flag
"And gingerbread and cheese," added mamma, in reply to something said by the girl in a sort of stage-whisper.
"They are afraid you will break the bank," she said, in a stage-whisper not meant to be wasted.The Guests Of Hercules
C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Said Madame Planchet, in her stage-whisper: "The serveece of the young god of beautee!"They Call Me Carpenter
- a loud whisper from one actor to another onstage intended to be heard by the audience
- any loud whisper that is intended to be overheard
Idioms and Phrases with stage whisper
A whisper loud enough to be overheard, as in Our three-year-old behaved beautifully at the ceremony, but then he asked in a stage whisper, “Why does that lady have blue hair?” This expression alludes to an actor's whisper on stage, which is meant to be heard by the audience. [Mid-1800s]