simper [sim-per] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin verb (used without object)

  1. to smile in a silly, self-conscious way.

verb (used with object)

  1. to say with a simper.


  1. a silly, self-conscious smile.

Origin of simper 1555–65; akin to Middle Dutch zimperlijc, dialectal Danish simper affected, Danish sippe affected woman, orig. one who sips (see sip), a way of drinking thought to be affectedRelated formssim·per·er, nounsim·per·ing·ly, adverbun·sim·per·ing, adjectiveSynonyms for simper 1, 3. smirk, snigger, snicker. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Related Words for simpered sneer, smirk, leer, grin, beam Examples from the Web for simpered Historical Examples of simpered

  • She hesitated a moment; then she simpered the least bit and bridled.

    The Madonna of the Future

    Henry James

  • Jupillon smiled internally, and simpered and sneered externally.

    Germinie Lacerteux

    Edmond and Jules de Goncourt

  • Mrs Broadbent simpered a little and put her head on one side.

    Black, White and Gray

    Amy Walton

  • “You know they say a cat may look at a king,” Miss Kitty simpered.

    The Tale of Miss Kitty Cat

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • But to stand by all day and be simpered to, and even cringed to, was galling in the extreme.

    My Friend Smith

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • British Dictionary definitions for simpered simper verb

    1. (intr) to smile coyly, affectedly, or in a silly self-conscious way
    2. (tr) to utter (something) in a simpering manner


    1. a simpering smile; smirk

    Derived Formssimperer, nounsimpering, adjective, nounsimperingly, adverbWord Origin for simper C16: probably from Dutch simper affected Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for simpered simper v.

    1560s, “to smile in an affected and silly way,” perhaps from a Scandinavian source (e.g. dialectal Danish semper “affected, coy, prudish”) or Middle Dutch zimperlijk “affected, coy, prim,” of unknown origin. Related: Simpered; simpering. As a noun, 1590s, from the verb.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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