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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

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

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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