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noun
  1. a loud whisper on a stage, meant to be heard by the audience.
  2. any whisper loud enough to be overheard.

Origin of stage whisper

First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for stage whisper

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Homer Greene

  • "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!"


British Dictionary definitions for stage whisper

stage whisper

noun
  1. a loud whisper from one actor to another onstage intended to be heard by the audience
  2. any loud whisper that is intended to be overheard
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Idioms and Phrases with stage whisper

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]

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