simper [ sim-per ] SHOW IPA / ˈsɪm pər / PHONETIC RESPELLING verb (used without object) to smile in a silly, self-conscious way. noun a silly, self-conscious smile.
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Origin of simper
First recorded in 1560–70; related to the Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Swiss dialect adjective
semper “affected, coy,” German zimpfer “dainty, affected,” and to Middle Dutch zimperlijc “affected, coy”; further etymology unknown OTHER WORDS FROM simper sim·per·er, noun sim·per·ing·ly, adverb un·sim·per·ing, adjective
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How to use simper in a sentence
simpered awhile and toyed with trivialities of speech before he gave utterance to the matter that absorbed him.
Mr. Puffin turned pale, then he blushed to the roots of his hair; he sighed deeply, and then he
simpered and cast down her eyes, then cast a significant glance at the others.
She nodded mysteriously and
simpered, and Sue flushed with delighted consequence. British Dictionary definitions for simper verb (intr) to smile coyly, affectedly, or in a silly self-conscious way (tr) to utter (something) in a simpering manner Derived forms of simper simperer, noun simpering, adjective, noun simperingly, adverb Word Origin for simper
C16: probably from Dutch
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