- rumored; reported: He is whispered to be planning to run for governor.
Origin of whispered
- to speak with soft, hushed sounds, using the breath, lips, etc., but with no vibration of the vocal cords.
- Phonetics. to produce utterance substituting breath for phonation.
- to talk softly and privately (often implying gossip, slander, plotting, or the like): The king knew that the courtiers were whispering.
- (of trees, water, breezes, etc.) to make a soft, rustling sound like that of whispering.
- to utter with soft, low sounds, using the breath, lips, etc.: He whispered endearments to her.
- Phonetics. to utter (speech sounds) substituting breath for phonation.
- to say or tell in a whisper; tell privately.
- to speak to or tell (a person) in a whisper or privately.
- the mode of utterance, or the voice, of a person who whispers: to speak in a whisper.
- a word or remark uttered by whispering.
- a rumor or insinuation: Whispers circulated about the affair.
- a soft, rustling sound like a whisper: the whisper of leaves in the wind.
Origin of whisper
Examples from the Web for whispered
Contemporary Examples of whispered
Later, he taught her how to smoke, and still later, they whispered of politics, and fears and hopes for their futures.Drawing on the Memories of Syrian Women
November 26, 2014
Her mother warned her that the birds at school could hear her when she whispered, that her thoughts were never hers alone.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
October 31, 2014
She smiled and whispered, "Are you the girl who was here on Sunday, ringing the bell?"‘Crazy’ Harlem Pastor Hates on Obama and Gays
September 28, 2014
But on the Nation, these are the kinds of stories only whispered behind closed doors.A Shooting on a Tribal Land Uncovers Feds Running Wild
August 26, 2014
Robin crossed to me from across the room, got down to my level, and whispered “Hi, how are you?”Mara Wilson Remembers Robin Williams: We're All His Goddamn Kids
August 18, 2014
Historical Examples of whispered
"She won't be married," he whispered to himself in the darkness.
He whispered to the marshal that he would return, and slipped through the window.
"Dry or slimy, you would be just the same dear old Dick," she whispered.Viviette
William J. Locke
"There sits the prince," whispered Sir John Chandos, as they entered.
"I would see him in the claws of the devil first," whispered Ford.
- to speak or utter (something) in a soft hushed tone, esp without vibration of the vocal cords
- (intr) to speak secretly or furtively, as in promoting intrigue, gossip, etc
- (intr) (of leaves, trees, etc) to make a low soft rustling sound
- (tr) to utter or suggest secretly or privatelyto whisper treason
- a low soft voiceto speak in a whisper
- something uttered in such a voice
- a low soft rustling sound
- a trace or suspicion
- informal a rumour or secret
Word Origin for whisper
Word Origin and History for whispered
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.
Idioms and Phrases with whispered
see stage whisper.