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[ hwis-per-ing, wis- ]


  1. whispered talk or conversation.
  2. rumor, hearsay, or gossip.
  3. a whispered sound.


  1. that whispers; making a sound like a whisper.
  2. like a whisper.
  3. given to whispering; gossipy.
  4. conversing in whispers.

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Other Words From

  • whisper·ing·ly adverb
  • half-whisper·ing·ly adverb
  • un·whisper·ing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of whispering1

before 1000; Middle English (noun), Old English hwisprunge. See whisper, -ing 2, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

The whisperings I heard of brand deals and $5,000 contracts for a set of Instagram stories hovered just above me, something that only felt attainable with a college degree and a day job in marketing.

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Once they parked, there was presumably some frantic whispering, and lots of cussing.

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A refrigerator’s noise runs on average at 50 decibels, while a whispering conversation hovers around 20 decibels.

Whispering to himself and bowing, he touches his forehead to the ground.

Bartiromo is, of course, just another gossipmonger and Newsball is his online whispering-gallery.

The budget is a mess and officials in Trenton are whispering about a state takeover of the city's finances.

The World Wide Web is whispering that it's actually a reference to Avril Lavigne's own, well, “kitty.”

I studied them to see if they were whispering to each other, to talk about what to do.

The old man seemed to be greatly agitated, and hurriedly whispering, "We thought you were never coming, sir!"

And Tony leaned over as he talked, bringing their lips within whispering distance.

How still it was, with only the voice of the sea whispering through the reeds that grew in the salt-water pools!

Edna could hear the whispering voices of dead men and the click of muffled gold.

I lay against a corner of the stockade seat, listening to the wind whispering and to the ceaseless drip-drip of the trees.





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