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verb whisper pronunciation in British English /ˈwɪspə(r)/
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present tense
present participlewhispering
past tensewhispered
past participlewhispered
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to say something very quietly so that other people cannot hear you

    Stop whispering, you two!

    ‘When can I see you again?’ he whispered softly.

    ‘Over here!’ she whispered urgently.

    whisper (something) to someone:

    Dad whispered a warning to us to keep quiet.

    whisper (something) in someone’s ear:

    ‘That’s Tim,’ she whispered in my ear.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to tell other people a piece of news or information that may or may not be true

    Senior managers have been whispering about more job losses.

    whisper that:

    Some people have whispered that he offered her a job in return for her silence.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] literary to make a quiet gentle sound

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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