Origin of whispered
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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.
Word Origin 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.
see stage whisper.