Meaning of “whisper” in the English Dictionary

"whisper" in British English

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whisperverb

uk /ˈwɪs.pər/ us /ˈwɪs.pɚ/

whisper verb (SPEAK)

B2 [ I or T ] to speak very quietly, using the breath but not the voice, so that only the person close 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!

More examples

  • She leaned forward to whisper something in my ear.
  • She leaned over and whispered something in his ear.
  • The person on my left turned to me and whispered "Not another speech!".
  • They're the couple in the corner, whispering sweet nothings to each other.
  • She heard them whispering conspiratorially in the bedroom.

whispernoun

uk /ˈwɪs.pər/ us /ˈwɪs.pɚ/

whisper noun (SPEECH)

[ C ] a way of speaking very quietly, using the breath but not the voice, so that only the person close to you can hear you:

I heard whispers outside my room.
She said it in a whisper so I presumed it wasn't common knowledge. "You see," she said, lowering her voice to a whisper, "he hasn't been well recently."

[ S ] literary a soft, low noise:

The silence was broken only by the whisper of the leaves in the gentle breeze.

whisper noun (SUGGESTION)

[ C ] a suggestion or piece of information that you hear privately 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)