verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- simple absence,
- simple algebraic extension,
- simple arc
Origin of simper
Examples from the Web for simpering
No “simpering chit” of a girl, Rebecca is fierce and steely, a woman whose own father cannot quite figure her out.Must Read Fiction: ‘Prague Fatale,’ ‘Derby Day’ and More|Malcolm Forbes, Hillary Kelly, Mythili Rao|May 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He was a simpering coxcomb of the first water, and the "loudest" dressed man in the state.Sketches New and Old, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He saw the weak and sickly faces of the girls of the factories, and the simpering, boisterous girls from the south of Market.Martin Eden|Jack London
In the angle of the wall stood an indifferent statue of an eighteenth-century nymph, simpering, sallow, and cracked.The American|Henry James
Word Origin for simper
1580s, present participle adjective from simper (v.). Related: Simperingly.
1560s, "to smile in an affected and silly way," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (e.g. dialectal Danish semper "affected, coy, prudish") or Middle Dutch zimperlijk "affected, coy, prim," of unknown origin. Related: Simpered; simpering. As a noun, 1590s, from the verb.