Whisper name meaning

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in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Whisper

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  1. According to a user from Virginia, U.S., the name Whisper means "To speak softly".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Whis"per
  1. To speak softly, or under the breath, so as to be heard only by one near at hand; to utter words without sonant breath; to talk without that vibration in the larynx which gives sonorous, or vocal, sound. See Whisper (n.)
  2. To make a low, sibilant sound or noise."The hollow, whispering breeze." [Thomson.]
  3. To speak with suspicion, or timorous caution; to converse in whispers, as in secret plotting."All that hate me whisper together against me." [Ps. xli. 7.]

Etymology: AS. hwisprian; akin to G. wispern wispeln, OHG. hwispal�n, Icel. hvīskra, Sw. hviska, Dan. hviske; of imitative origin. Cf. Whistle

verb Whis"per
  1. To utter in a low and nonvocal tone; to say under the breath; hence, to mention privately and confidentially, or in a whisper."They might buzz and whisper it one to another." [Bentley.]
  2. To address in a whisper, or low voice.(Archaic)"And whisper one another in the ear." [Shak.]"Where gentlest breezes whisper souls distressed." [Keble.]
  3. To prompt secretly or cautiously; to inform privately.(Obs)"He came to whisperWolsey." [Shak.]
noun Whis"per
  1. A low, soft, sibilant voice or utterance, which can be heard only by those near at hand; voice or utterance that employs only breath sound without tone, friction against the edges of the vocal cords and arytenoid cartilages taking the place of the vibration of the cords that produces tone; sometimes, in a limited sense, the sound produced by such friction as distinguished from breath sound made by friction against parts of the mouth. See Voice (n.), 2, and Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 5, 153, 154."The inward voice or whisper can not give a tone." [Bacon.]"Soft whispers through the assembly went." [Dryden.]
  2. A cautious or timorous speech.
  3. Something communicated in secret or by whispering; a suggestion or insinuation.
  4. A low, sibilant sound."The whispersof the leaves." [Tennyson.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
  2. A light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
  3. Speak softly; in a low voice

From Middle English whisperen, from Old English hwisprian (“to mutter, murmur, whisper”), from Proto-Germanic *hwisprōną (“to hiss, whistle, whisper”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱweys-, *ḱwey- (“to hiss, whistle, whisper”). Cognate with Dutch wisperen (“to whisper”), German Low German wispeln (“to whisper”), German wispern (“to mumble, whisper”). Related also to Danish hviske (“to whisper”), Swedish viska (“to whisper”), Norwegian hviske (“to whisper”), Icelandic hvískra and hvísla (“to whisper”). More at English whistle.

  1. The act of speaking in a quiet voice, especially, without vibration of the vocal cords.
  2. (usually in the plural) A rumor.
    There are of rebellion all around.
  3. (figuratively) A faint trace or hint (of something).
    The soup had just a of basil.
  4. A low rustling sound, like that of the wind in leaves.
  5. (Internet) A private message to an individual in a chat room.

Notable Persons Named Whisper

Notable Persons Named Whisper

Whisper A'Daire

Whisper A'Daire is a comics character.


Fun Facts about the name Whisper

  • How Popular is the name Whisper? Whisper is the 13,200th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Whisper have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 738 babies born with the first name Whisper in the United States. That's more than enough people named Whisper to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Whisper? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1973 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Whisper born? The highest recorded use of the first name Whisper was in 1996 with a total of 40 babies.
  • Random Whisper Factoid: According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Whisper is not a popular baby girl's name in Michigan. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Michigan have the same name in 1997.
  • Weird things about the name Whisper: The name spelled backwards is Repsihw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Wephris. How do you pronounce that?
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