[ sim-per ]
/ ˈsɪm pər /

verb (used without object)

to smile in a silly, self-conscious way.

verb (used with object)

to say with a simper.


a silly, self-conscious smile.


Origin of simper

1555–65; akin to Middle Dutch zimperlijc, dialectal Danish simper affected, Danish sippe affected woman, orig. one who sips (see sip), a way of drinking thought to be affected

Related forms

sim·per·er, nounsim·per·ing·ly, adverbun·sim·per·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for simpering


/ (ˈsɪmpə) /


(intr) to smile coyly, affectedly, or in a silly self-conscious way
(tr) to utter (something) in a simpering manner


a simpering smile; smirk

Derived Forms

simperer, nounsimpering, adjective, nounsimperingly, adverb

Word Origin for simper

C16: probably from Dutch simper affected
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