Meaning of simper in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɪmpə/

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  • Smile in an affectedly coy or ingratiating manner.

    ‘she simpered, looking pleased with herself’
    • ‘he simpered at me’
    • ‘‘Luke, darling,’ she simpered’
    • ‘Miss Waller was always smiling, almost simpering, and Miss Hooper was a mild-mannered pale-coloured personality.’
    • ‘He's usually got a piece of arm candy shooting him affectionate looks and simpering about how gorgeous he is.’
    • ‘He despised simpering, giggling, weak women who had nothing better to do than cry and make themselves appear ridiculous to gain favor with him.’
    • ‘Girls would keep on giggling and simpering whenever they felt they had caught his attention for the tiniest glance.’
    • ‘The ladies giggled and simpered like maidens half their age and allowed themselves to be escorted outside.’
    • ‘In Charlotte Street, where girls simper, giggle delicately and live on Marlboro Lights, this is fighting talk.’
    • ‘Every time I saw him, she was hanging off his arm, simpering and giggling and ugh!’
    • ‘They seem incapable of getting through a lesson without giggling or simpering.’
    • ‘He was teaching Boyle's Law and Archimedes' Principle to coy, simpering 13-year-olds who giggled at everything he said.’
    • ‘While the other may simper all she pleases, maturity shows in her every glance.’
    • ‘Two years, and he's just as patronising, moronic, simpering and clueless as ever.’
    • ‘After it failed in the early 1990s, the bidders - leading Torontonians all of them - simpered unhappily for the rest of the decade until a bid could be stitched together in the late 1990s for the 2008 summer Olympics.’
    • ‘I did however, have a very successful class visit in which the kids all wanted to read the books I recommended and the teacher simpered at me in the nicest possible way.’
    • ‘Her mother just simpered loudly and turned away.’
    • ‘With the camera in tow, Victoria simpered and clung to her husband with a tenacity that spoke well for his patience.’
    • ‘The man could brood and simper all he liked around me!’
    • ‘Something made me turn back, I had to talk to the man who makes politicians, generals, statesmen, policy makers, backroom boys, show biz people squirm, simper, and sob.’
    • ‘Having people expect you to simper and giggle due to your gender is icky, to say the least.’
    • ‘Now would you quit simpering over Randall and suspecting everybody but him?’
    • ‘I'm talking of real boys, not simpering 30-year-olds with shaved chests.’
    smile affectedly, smile coquettishly, giggle, titter, smirk, look coy
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  • An affectedly coy or ingratiating smile.

    ‘an exaggerated simper’
    • ‘It's not a smirk or a simper or even a smile - it's a full-on grin.’
    • ‘He smiled a sickly simper, eyeing the rabbit with more contempt by the minute.’
    • ‘You will never get a simper or a giggle out of her unless she is being satirical.’
    • ‘‘Hey, I got to you soon enough,’ Pixie said with a simper and a giggle.’
    • ‘Its shocked expression looks more like a simper as it sits on Brewer's shoulder, perfectly arranged to look like it's creeping up from behind.’
    • ‘Obviously, she hadn't been watching the aristocrats around her with their barely formed simpers.’
    • ‘The guard - he really did need a nickname - gave her a funny look before returning to his natural simper.’
    • ‘Kimberly finished her peroration, at last, and then folded her arms, promised to try harder in her school work, and sat back in her chair with a smuggish simper on her face.’
    • ‘Instead I got a knowing simper and a back turned on me.’
    • ‘She grinned her contorted simper.’
    • ‘Was it her simper, or her settled indifference to ideas, or the gaudy ring she wore on her right forefinger and twisted incessantly?’
    • ‘Agnes widened her eyes as the simper froze in her mouth and remembered that she still had a friend named Tyson.’
    • ‘He shrugged his shoulders for a moment before locking eyes, allowing a simper to play on his face.’
    • ‘A small simper crept onto his lips which soon turned into a grin, showing off a row of perfect teeth.’
    • ‘Will's face cracked into a simper.’
    • ‘Victoria took on a confused, as well as slightly amused simper.’
    • ‘Cenon leaned in with that malicious simper planted over his face.’
    • ‘She gazed at Sebastian with disinterest, that same simper on her face.’
    • ‘Chris was the second one to notice, and the scowl dropped rather quickly, replaced by a sickeningly sweet simper that made Sam queasy.’
    • ‘See, in many ways, he was like them, despite whatever arrogant simper he bore as he ranted off on a wild tale, as many others did as well.’


Mid 16th century of unknown origin; compare with German zimpfer ‘elegant, delicate’.