whisperer

Definitions

  • AN INSINUATING WHISPER
    AN INSINUATING WHISPER
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n whisperer one who speaks in a whisper
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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.
    • Whisperer A tattler; one who tells secrets; a conveyer of intelligence secretly; hence; a backbiter; one who slanders secretly.
    • Whisperer One who whispers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Whispering is more wearing on your voice than a normal speaking tone.
    • n whisperer One who whispers, or speaks in a low, soft, rustling voice, or under the breath.
    • n whisperer One who tells secrets, or makes secret and mischievous communications; a talebearer; an informer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Whisperer one who whispers:
    • ns Whisperer (B.) a secret informer
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Quotations

  • Louis Nizer
    Louis Nizer
    “Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them.”
  • The Land Before Time
    The Land Before Time
    “Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    C.%20S.%20Lewis
    “God whispers in our pleasures, but shouts in our pain.”
  • William Congreve
    William%20Congreve
    “I know that's a secret, for it's whispered everywhere.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of the gods.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further than the roar of a lion.”

Idioms

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.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwisprian; Ger. wispern, Ice. hvískra; allied to whistle.

Usage

In literature:

My honour would be seriously affected, were I compelled to whisper to them that I had no coppers.
"Second Plays" by A. A. Milne
Tattling and whispering eternally.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
She sat down beside Philemon and told him in a whisper what she had seen.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
He was always hoarse, and spoke either in a whisper or a wheeze.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
She gave a nervous push to the shoulder, and whispered into the bed-clothes, 'My dear.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
Julia Crosby moved from one girl to the other whispering slyly.
"Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
People ran about wildly, whispering dread words to one another.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
It was already whispered in the school that their secret proceedings were becoming known.
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
She came toward Balcom with a nod of understanding, and, as she approached, he led her to a corner of the hall and whispered to her.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
There came a low sound at her door, the soft turning of the handle, Jack's voice whispered through the gloom.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
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In poetry:

My true love's heart is wild and shy
And folded from my sight,
A world, a star, a whispering sigh--
I think it is the Night.
"The Lost Name" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
I woke, but was it from dreamland,
And where had my fancies been?
Was it the blue-bell's whisper,
Or that of the Fairy Queen?
"The Painter And The Fairy" by Alexander Anderson
Flow, my bitter tears, flow ever;
All I love I leave behind;
Sadly whisper here the willows,
And the reed shakes in the wind.
"Sedge Songs" by Nikolaus Lenau
The dear blue eyes grew misty;
O, lips that lived to blame,
That kissed and whispered "sometime"--
That "sometime" never came.
"A Regret" by Madge Morris Wagner
Above me the blue solemn heavens,
Around, the sun, the shade,
Green, whispering, glorious wilderness,
I knew for me were made;
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose
Melody whispered and said: "I am here!"
Said: "I am here!"
But while he was listening, it fled from his ear,
Fled from his ear.
"The Melody" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

Buck Brannaman isn't just a horse whisperer.
Real-life horse whisperer Buck Brannaman is the star of an affecting new documentary.
Free Grass Union whispering winds Circles.
Bland's 10th mystery to feature African-American detective Marti MacAlister (after 2001's Whispers in the Dark ) provides plenty of family interest but is a bit light on police procedure.
Guerra's name has been whispered by at least three generations.
Our guide explained in a near whisper that she was teaching her teenage sons how to stalk, aiming for a distant group of impala.
Secrets of an Herb Whisperer.
Toronto titles whispered on the wind .
The voices at Whispering Forest Elementary were not whispering during their art exhibit.
Whispers learns that conservative radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham, a Washington area resident, was the third media target of a mysterious white powder sent out from Knoxville, Tenn.
I find myself whispering over our feast, desperately trying to keep my table's conversation private.
Their homes, located on Cardinal Drive in Whispering Pines, are the site of their annual Christmas light and music display.
'When you whisper' Reflections on a Hall of Fame coach.
Have you heard of the Pot Whisperers of the Mildred.
What started as a whisper, Slowly turned into a scream Silence is the loudest parting word you never say.
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In science:

These equations are general for any resonator experiments, including FabryPerot and microwave cavity experiments, and simplify the analysis for complex resonator configurations, such as whispering gallery mode resonators.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
In the next subsection we consider similar configurations for Whispering Gallery (WG) modes.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
Fig. 7. A visual representation of the electric and magnetic fields of a ’pure’ Whispering Gallery mode propagating in the φ direction with a radius of r = R.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
In this section we restrict ourselves to analysis of whispering gallery mode resonator experiments, as the analysis has been well described for FabryPerot resonators previously .
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
For the whispering gallery mode experiment as shown in Fig. 8, the variable of integration around the path of the resonator is naturally chosen as the azimuthal angle, φj , relative to the cylindrical coordinates of each resonator.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics
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