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noun

a loud whisper on a stage, meant to be heard by the audience.
any whisper loud enough to be overheard.

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Origin of stage whisper

First recorded in 1860–65
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British Dictionary definitions for stage whisper

stage whisper

noun

a loud whisper from one actor to another onstage intended to be heard by the audience
any loud whisper that is intended to be overheard
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Idioms and Phrases with stage whisper

stage whisper

A whisper loud enough to be overheard, as in Our three-year-old behaved beautifully at the ceremony, but then he asked in a stage whisper, “Why does that lady have blue hair?” This expression alludes to an actor's whisper on stage, which is meant to be heard by the audience. [Mid-1800s]

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