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simper

[ sim-per ]
/ ˈsɪm pər /
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verb (used without object)
to smile in a silly, self-conscious way.
verb (used with object)
to say with a simper.
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, nounsim·per·ing·ly, adverbun·sim·per·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for simper

simper
/ (ˈsɪmpə) /

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

Derived forms of simper

simperer, nounsimpering, adjective, nounsimperingly, adverb

Word Origin for simper

C16: probably from Dutch simper affected
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