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


whispered talk or conversation.
rumor, hearsay, or gossip.
a whispered sound.


Origin of whispering

before 1000; Middle English (noun), Old English hwisprunge. See whisper, -ing2, -ing1
Related formswhis·per·ing·ly, adverbhalf-whis·per·ing·ly, adverbun·whis·per·ing, adjective

Definition for whispering (2 of 2)


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

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


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 whispering


/ (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 whispering



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 whispering


see stage whisper.

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