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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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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!

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  • whisper verb (SUGGEST)

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

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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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