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verb whisper pronunciation in British English /ˈwɪspə(r)/
Word Forms
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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