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"whisper" in British English

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whisperverb

uk   /ˈwɪs.pər/  us   /-pɚ/
  • whisper verb (SPEAK)

B2 [I or T] to ​speak very ​quietly, using the ​breath but not the ​voice, so that only the ​personclose to you can ​hear you: She ​leaned over and whispered something in his ​ear. What are you two ​girls whispering about? [+ speech] "Where are the ​toilets?" she whispered. It's ​rude to whisper!

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  • whisper verb (SUGGEST)

[+ that] to ​suggestprivately that something might be ​true: People are whispering that she's going to ​retire next ​year.

whispernoun

uk   /ˈwɪs.pər/  us   /-pɚ/
  • whisper noun (SPEECH)

[C] a way of ​speaking very ​quietly, using the ​breath but not the ​voice, so that only the ​personclose to you can ​hear you: I ​heard whispers ​outside my ​room. She said it in a whisper so I ​presumed it wasn't ​commonknowledge. "You ​see," she said, ​lowering her ​voice to a whisper, "he hasn't been well ​recently." [S] literary a ​soft, ​lownoise: The ​silence was ​broken only by the whisper of the ​leaves in the ​gentlebreeze.
  • whisper noun (SUGGESTION)

[C] a ​suggestion or ​piece of ​information that you ​hearprivately from someone: I've ​heard a whisper that they're ​heading for ​divorce.
(Definition of whisper from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"whisper" in American English

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whisperverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈhwɪs·pər, ˈwɪs-/
to say something very ​quietly, using the ​breath but not the ​voice: [I] What are you ​girls whispering about?
whisper
noun [C]  us   /ˈhwɪs·pər, ˈwɪs-/
They ​spoke in whispers, not ​wanting anyone to ​hear them.
(Definition of whisper from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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