stage whisper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stage whisper a loud whisper that can be overheard; on the stage it is heard by the audience but it supposed to be inaudible to the rest of the cast
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stage whisper a loud whisper, as by an actor in a theater, supposed, for dramatic effect, to be unheard by one or more of his fellow actors, yet audible to the audience; an aside.
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Quotations

  • Robert Holman
    Robert Holman
    “The novel is more of a whisper, whereas the stage is a shout.”

Usage

In literature:

The people on the stage whispered together and seemed confounded.
"Song of the Lark" by Willa Cather
As if to prove that she was interested in the play, her next whisper, some time later, had to do with one of the characters on the stage.
"Miss Billy Married" by Eleanor H. Porter
MacWilliams interrupted them in an indignant stage-whisper.
"Soldiers of Fortune" by Richard Harding Davis
McKnight, who could never resist a fling at her back, spoke to me in a stage whisper.
"The Man in Lower Ten" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
And out jumped these others, chattering in stage whispers as they paid their cab.
"A Thief in the Night" by E. W. Hornung
He put his hand up to his mouth and whispered that "Miss Em'ly" was coming, would be there on the afternoon stage.
"Letters of a Woman Homesteader" by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
When he came back he was much excited, and beckoned his friend away, speaking in a stage whisper.
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
Weatherhead rolled up, and carefully shielding his mouth with his hand, asked in a stage whisper 'Signal.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
He nudged the boy next him, saying in a stage whisper, 'Tell us.
"Holidays at the Grange or A Week's Delight" by Emily Mayer Higgins
She opens up on the Boss in a stage whisper that whirls him around as if he'd been on a string.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
She came to their corner, and, bending over Dolly, spoke to her in stage-whisper.
"Vagabondia" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
On his way back to the house, he met Betty, who said to him in a stage whisper.
"Penny of Top Hill Trail" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Jerry spoke in a stage whisper that could have been heard a block.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
The usher noticed it at the first trip, and kept repeating in a kind of hoarse stage-whisper, 'Camera!
"Law and Laughter" by George Alexander Morton
It is the stage-whisper of music.
"The Voice" by Frank E. Miller
Penton framed up a stage mien and spoke in a dramatic or tragic whisper.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
And out jumped these others, chattering in stage whispers as they paid their cab.
"A Thief in the Night" by E. W. Hornung
William asked Henry in a stage whisper if they oughtn't to charge extra for listening to it.
"Just William" by Richmal Crompton
It is the very acme of a musical stage whisper.
"How to Appreciate Music" by Gustav Kobbé
Stephen Biggs in a stage whisper.
"At Large" by E. W. Hornung
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In news:

They're those folks lingering backstage, sometimes wandering on stage to whisper something into a DJ's ear, or mix one cut, or just take some pics of the crowd from the front of the stage.
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