simper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v simper smile affectedly or derisively
    • n simper a silly self-conscious smile
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Simper A constrained, self-conscious smile; an affected, silly smile; a smirk. "The conscious simper , and the jealous leer."
    • Simper To glimmer; to twinkle. "Yet can I mark how stars above Simper and shine."
    • Simper To smile in a silly, affected, or conceited manner. "Behold yond simpering dame.""With a made countenance about her mouth, between simpering and smiling."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • simper An obsolete or dialectal variant of simmer.
    • simper To smile in an affected, silly manner; smirk.
    • simper To twinkle; glimmer.
    • simper Synonyms Simper and Smirk both express smiling; the primary idea of the first is silliness or simplicity; that of the second is affectation or conceit. The simplicity in simpering may be affected; the affectation in smirking may be of softness or of kindness.
    • n simper An affected, conscious smile; a smirk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Simper sim′pėr to smile in a silly, affected manner
    • n Simper a silly or affected smile
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Norw. semper, fine, smart, dial. Dan. semper, simper, affected, coy, prudish, OSw. semper, one who affectedly refrains from eating, Sw. sipp, finical, prim, LG. sipp,

Usage

In literature:

If I wasn't married," simpered Mrs. Clifton, "I should set my cap for him.
"Rufus and Rose" by Horatio Alger, Jr
I hope Jack won't marry that hateful Gordon girl, nor any of those simpering Symonses.
"As We Sweep Through The Deep" by Gordon Stables
She dropped a very elegant curtsey, simpered, drew nearer, and threw a fetching glance upwards.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
She accustoms her face to a simper, which every separate feature in it belies.
"Sketches of the Fair Sex, in All Parts of the World" by Anonymous
Let us go off to the Nitrian desert, Jim, away from this eternal simper, this harrowing routine.
"A Pessimist" by Robert Timsol
I blushed, I may have simpered.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
She simpered and refused to go in front of him.
"Punch or the London Charivari, October 20, 1920" by Various
Four hundred boys simpered, smirked, grinned, giggled, tittered, chuckled, and guffawed.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
That's what gives you that simper, I'll wager.
"Germinie Lacerteux" by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
His coarse features writhed in a simper that intensified their ugliness.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
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In poetry:

Yet can I mark how starres above
Simper and shine,
As having keyes unto thy love,
While poore I pine.
"The Search" by George Herbert
Then I thought "Lucky boy!
'Tis for YOU that she whimpers!"
And I noted with joy
Those sensational simpers:
And I said "This is scrumptious!" - a
phrase I had learned from the Devonshire shrimpers.
"Atalanta In Camden -Town" by Lewis Carroll
Po. Yet ye account me a meere silly Dame,
Yea as silly as some simple simpering Citizen.
That hath but manners enough to take
The upper end of a Table at a feast,
And to carve a Capons legge to a Coxcombe.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act IV" by Ralph Knevet
And the Amazons simpered and sighed,
And they ogled, and giggled, and flushed,
And they opened their pretty eyes wide,
And they chuckled, and flirted, and blushed
(At least, if they could, they'd have blushed).
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Now if the lilies of France lick Solomon in all his glory;
And the leopard cannot change his spots;
Nor the British lion his appetite;
Neither can a young Cock-eagle sit simpering
With an olive-sprig in his mouth.
"The American eagle" by D H Lawrence
I think her little figurehead, all weathered, worn and bare,
With its valiant faded simper and its sad forsaken stare,
Gazes out across the water where the long tides break in snow
On the cruel hidden ledges where a ship sank long ago.
"Coasting Brigantine - Unnamed" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

A simpering, girlish Michael Jackson (played by a look-alike).
Are you known to simper .
Simpers is leading another mission trip that leaves Dec 26, 2012.
Tame Impala are Kevin Parker, Dom Simper and Jay Watson.
Back in 2009, "Fireflies" simpered virally across America, and annoyed grown-ups wished 1,000 slugs from 10,000 frightening thugs upon the moony outstate Minnesotan.
The federal government is trying to make documents simper and easier for us to understand.
You make everyone else in any prime-time network drama look like a toothless simpering puddle of bunny drivel.
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In science:

Actually this case is simper since there is no need to introduce cutoffs.
Quenched limit theorems for nearest neighbour random walks in 1D random environment
It was first proved by Taubes . A simper proof was then presented by Bott and Taubes .
Circle action and some vanishing results on manifolds
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