[ hwis-per, wis-per ]
/ ˈʰwɪs pər, ˈwɪs pər /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. whiskey sour,
  2. whisky,
  3. whisky mac,
  4. whisky rebellion,
  5. whisky-jack,
  6. whispered,
  7. whisperer,
  8. whispering,
  9. whispering campaign,
  10. whispering gallery

Origin of whisper

before 950; Middle English whisperen (v.), Old English hwisprian; cognate with German wispern; akin to Old Norse hviskra to whisper, hvīsla to whistle. See whine

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British Dictionary definitions for whisper


/ (ˈwɪspə) /



Word Origin for whisper

Old English hwisprian; related to Old Norse hvīskra, Old High German hwispalōn, Dutch wispern

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Word Origin and History for whisper



Old English hwisprian "speak very softly" (only in a Northumbrian gloss for Latin murmurare), from Proto-Germanic *khwis- (cf. Middle Dutch wispelen, Old High German hwispalon, German wispeln, wispern, Old Norse hviskra "to whisper"), imitative and probably related to Old English hwistlian "to whistle." Related: Whispered; whispering. The noun is from 1590s.

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Idioms and Phrases with whisper


see stage whisper.

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