Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
hwisprian; akin to G.
hviske; of imitative origin. Cf.
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
To make a low, sibilant sound or noise.
To speak with suspicion, or timorous caution; to converse in whispers, as in secret plotting.
All that hate me
whispertogether against me.
Ps. xli. 7.
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
whisperit one to another.
To address in a whisper, or low voice.
whisperone another in the ear.
Where gentlest breezes
To prompt secretly or cautiously; to inform privately.
[Obs.]“He came to whisper Wolsey.”
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
, 2, and Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 5, 153, 154.
The inward voice or
whispercan not give a tone.
whispersthrough the assembly went.
A cautious or timorous speech.
Something communicated in secret or by whispering; a suggestion or insinuation.
A low, sibilant sound.“The whispers of the leaves.”
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To speak with a low hissing or sibilant voice. It is ill manners to whisper in company.
The hollow whispring breeze--
2.To speak with suspicion or timorous caution.
3.To plot secretly; to devise in mischief.
All that hate me whisper together against me. Psalm 41.
1.To address in a low voice. He whispers the man in the ear. [But this is elliptical for whispers to.]
2.To utter in a low sibilant voice. He whispered a word in my ear.
3.To prompt secretly; as, the came to whisper Woolsey.
1.A low soft sibilant voice; or words uttered with such a voice.
The whisper cannot give a tone.
Soft whispers through the assembly went.
2.A cautious or timorous speech.
3.A hissing or buzzing sound.