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whis·per  audio  (hwspr, ws-) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. Soft speech produced without full voice.
  2. Something uttered very softly.
  3. A secretly or surreptitiously expressed belief, rumor, or hint: whispers of scandal.
  4. A low rustling sound: the whisper of wind in the pines.
VERB:
whis·pered, whis·per·ing, whis·pers
VERB:
intr.
  1. To speak softly.
  2. To speak quietly and privately, as by way of gossip, slander, or intrigue.
  3. To make a soft rustling sound.
VERB:
tr.
  1. To utter very softly.
  2. To say or tell privately or secretly.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English whisperen, to whisper, from Old English hwisprian

OTHER FORMS:
whisper·er(Noun), whisper·y(Adjective)


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