WHISPER, v.i. L. The word seems by its sound to be an onomatopy, as it expresses a sibilant sound or breathing.
1. To speak with a low hissing or sibilant voice. It is ill manners to whisper in company.
The hollow whispring breeze--
2. To speak with suspicion or timorous caution.
3. To plot secretly; to devise in mischief.
All that hate me whisper together against me. Psalm 41.
1. To address in a low voice. He whispers the man in the ear. But this is elliptical for whispers to.
2. To utter in a low sibilant voice. He whispered a word in my ear.
3. To prompt secretly; as, the came to whisper Woolsey.
1. A low soft sibilant voice; or words uttered with such a voice.
The whisper cannot give a tone.
Soft whispers through the assembly went.
2. A cautious or timorous speech.
3. A hissing or buzzing sound.