• WordNet 3.6
    • v whisper speak softly; in a low voice
    • n whisper speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
    • n whisper a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Nestie whispered something in Speug's ear." "Nestie whispered something in Speug's ear."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Alaska it is illegal to whisper in someone's ear while they are moose hunting.
    • Whisper A cautious or timorous speech.
    • Whisper A low, sibilant sound. "The whispers of the leaves."
    • Whisper A low, soft, sibilant voice or utterance, which can be heard only by those near at hand; voice or utterance that employs only breath sound without tone, friction against the edges of the vocal cords and arytenoid cartilages taking the place of the vibration of the cords that produces tone; sometimes, in a limited sense, the sound produced by such friction as distinguished from breath sound made by friction against parts of the mouth. See Voice n., 2, and Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 5, 153, 154. "The inward voice or whisper can not give a tone.""Soft whispers through the assembly went."
    • Whisper Something communicated in secret or by whispering; a suggestion or insinuation.
    • Whisper To address in a whisper, or low voice. "And whisper one another in the ear.""Where gentlest breezes whisper souls distressed."
    • Whisper To make a low, sibilant sound or noise. "The hollow, whispering breeze."
    • Whisper To prompt secretly or cautiously; to inform privately. "He came to whisper Wolsey."
    • Whisper To speak softly, or under the breath, so as to be heard only by one near at hand; to utter words without sonant breath; to talk without that vibration in the larynx which gives sonorous, or vocal, sound. See Whisper n.
    • Whisper To speak with suspicion, or timorous caution; to converse in whispers, as in secret plotting. "All that hate me whisper together against me."
    • Whisper To utter in a low and nonvocal tone; to say under the breath; hence, to mention privately and confidentially, or in a whisper. "They might buzz and whisper it one to another."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Whispering is more wearing on your voice than a normal speaking tone.
    • whisper To speak without uttering voice or sonant breath; speak with a low, rustling voice; speak softly or under the breath; converse in whispers: often implying plotting, evil-speaking, and the like.
    • whisper To make a low, rustling sound, like that of a whisper.
    • whisper To utter in a low non-vocal tone; say under the breath; state or communicate in whispers: often implying plotting, slanderous talk, etc.
    • whisper To address or inform in a whisper or low voice, especially with the view of avoiding publicity: elliptical for whisper to.
    • n whisper The utterance of words with the breath not made vocal; a low, soft, rustling voice.
    • n whisper A whispered word, remark, or conversation.
    • n whisper A secret hint, suggestion, or insinuation.
    • n whisper A low, rustling sound of whispering, or a similar sound, as of the wind.
    • n whisper Specifically, in medicine, the sound of the whispering voice transmitted to the ear of the auscultator placed against the chest-wall.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Whisper hwis′pėr to speak with a low sound: to speak very softly: to plot secretly
    • v.t Whisper to utter in a low voice or under the breath
    • n Whisper a low, hissing voice or sound: cautious or timorous speaking: a secret hint: a low rustling sound
    • adj Whisper like a whisper
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  • Louis Nizer
    Louis Nizer
    “Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “One should be more concerned about what his conscience whispers than about what other people shout.”
  • Tibetan Proverb
    Tibetan Proverb
    “Goodness speaks in a whisper, evil shouts”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth.”
  • The Land Before Time
    The Land Before Time
    “Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    “God whispers in our pleasures, but shouts in our pain.”


Chinese whispers - (UK) When a story is told from person to person, especially if it is gossip or scandal, it inevitably gets distorted and exaggerated. This process is called Chinese whispers.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hwisprian,; akin to G. wispern, wispeln, OHG. hwispaln, Icel. hvīskra, Sw. hviska, Dan. hviske,; of imitative origin. Cf. Whistle


In literature:

Arlington rose and took me by the arm, whispering that I had no need to be embarrassed.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
The words were whispered in passionate sighing out of the darkness into her ear.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
He dropped his voice almost to a whisper.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Once I thought I heard this man whisper of the things he saw.
"The Singing Mouse Stories" by Emerson Hough
Just whisper when I ask a question.
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
Then her head went down upon the bulwarks, but not before I had caught the whispered "yes" that escaped her lips.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
The maids stood off from her a little, whispering.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
The whispering grew louder, like a breeze stirring dry cornstalks.
"The Whispering Spheres" by Russell Robert Winterbotham
A voice, vibrant and soft with tears, whispered in the gloom of the cab.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Captain Kendrick, between the acts, could hear whispered comments all about him.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln

In poetry:

There cometh a whisper
And a look from a languishing eye
Lovingly praying
"Dear mother! oh let me die!"
"Wishing" by Edwin Arnold
There was a whispering in my hearth,
A sigh of the coal.
Grown wistful of a former earth
It might recall.
"Miners" by Wilfred Owen
"Mother," the poor boy whispered,
"May I not go again?
I do not heed the wind, mother,
I'm not afraid of rain.
"Who Cares?" by John Hartley
And up from many a bearded lip,
In whispers soft and low;
Rises the songs the mother taught
The boy long years ago.
"Mother's Songs" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Doubt whispers, Thou art such a blot
He cannot love poor thee:
If what I am he loveth not,
He loves what I shall be.
"In The Night" by George MacDonald
But oft, at eve, the autumn wind
The living branches plays,
Fresh whispering from that sunny grave
Its melancholy lays.
"The Trees" by Ernest Jones

In news:

It seems I've acquired a couple of new names lately: Jan the Baby-Whisperer and Jan the Barometer.
"The Baby-Whisperer" came from the day I met my toddler friend Ryan, his mother, and his grandmother for lunch.
As Jewish families gather to celebrate the New Year on Wednesday night, there are sure to be some fashion designers whispering prayers of their own.
Cocktail Whisperer and master mixologist Jamie Boudreau.
There's nothing better than testing a burger recipe to bring back a whisper of summer.
One of the media elite's most whispered-about scandals went public Wednesday when married CNN correspondent Jeffrey Toobin squared off with a woman who says he's the father of her baby.
Karl "Trout Whisperer" Seckinger is an outdoor enthusiast and resides in northeastern Minnesota.
But his normal speaking voice ranked just above a whisper.
A live performance by Spark And Whisper.
Today the 76ers confirmed what has been whispered for some time: Allen Iverson won't be back in a Sixers uniform this season.
Imagine not being able to speak above a whisper.
Which raises a question for all conservatives in the arts: Why are we whispering .
2011 Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose.
Whispering Gallery No Secret in DRC Gold Cup.
Whispering Gallery wins the 2011 DRC Gold Cup.

In science:

Upon this procedure, the mode propagating along the waveguide transforms into a whispering-gallery mode of a ring.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
Owing to their spatial confinement and energy level discretization, they can be brought in strong coupling with the single mode of a microcavity, such as that offered by a pillar (etched planar cavity),20 the defect of a photonic crystal21 or the whispering gallery mode of a microdisk,22,23 among others.
Optical spectra of a quantum dot in a microcavity in the nonlinear regime
With microdisk resonators, the whispering gallery modes of a thin disk supported by a column provide the high Q modes of the cavity.
Optical spectra of a quantum dot in a microcavity in the nonlinear regime
Tunable optical frequency comb with a crystalline whispering gallery mode resonator.
Octave Spanning Frequency Comb on a Chip
Phase-matched excitation of whispering-gallerymode resonances by a fiber taper.
Octave Spanning Frequency Comb on a Chip