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Webster 1913 Edition


Simper

Sim′per

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Simpered
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Simpering
.]
[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
.]
1.
To smile in a silly, affected, or conceited manner.
Behold yond
simpering
dame.
Shakespeare
With a made countenance about her mouth, between
simpering
and smiling.
ir. P. Sidney.
2.
To glimmer; to twinkle.
[Obs.]
Yet can I mark how stars above
Simper
and shine.
Herbert.

Sim′per

,
Noun.
A constrained, self-conscious smile; an affected, silly smile; a smirk.
The conscious
simper
, and the jealous leer.
Pope.

Webster 1828 Edition


Simper

SIM'PER

,
Verb.
I.
To smile in a silly manner.

Definition 2022


simper

simper

English

Verb

simper (third-person singular simple present simpers, present participle simpering, simple past and past participle simpered)

  1. (intransitive) To smile in a foolish, frivolous, self-conscious, coy, or smug manner.
    • 1892, Mark Twain, The American Claimant, ch. 21:
      Why, look at him—look at this simpering self-righteous mug!
    • 1915, Harold MacGrath, The Voice In The Fog, ch. 24:
      How the fools kotowed and simpered while I looked over their jewels and speculated upon how much I could get for them!
  2. (obsolete) To glimmer; to twinkle.
    • Herbert
      Yet can I mark how stars above / Simper and shine.

Translations

Noun

simper (plural simpers)

  1. A foolish, frivolous, self-conscious, or affected smile; a smirk.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, Book 2, Ch. 2, "St. Edmundsbury":
      Yes, another world it was, when these black ruins, white in their new mortar and fresh chiselling, first saw the sun as walls, long ago. Gauge not, with thy dilettante compasses, with that placid dilettante simper, the Heaven's—Watchtower of our Fathers, the fallen God's—Houses, the Golgotha of true Souls departed!
    • 1972, Eric Ambler, The Levanter (2009 edition), ISBN 9780755117635, p. 158:
      He paused, and then a strange expression appeared on his lips. It was very like a simper.

Translations

See also

References

  1. simper in Online Etymology dictionary

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