whisper

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. murmur, whispering, sigh, breath; hint, intimation, rumor, gossip, plot; aside, stage whisper. See information, news, speech, softness. —v. murmur, breathe, divulge, reveal, hint, intimate. See disclosure, concealment.
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(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A low, sibilant sound]
Syn. rustle, noise, murmur, hum, buzz, drone, undertone, hissing, susurration.
2. [A guarded utterance]
Syn. disclosure, divulgence, confidence, aside, stage whisper, disclosure, secret, rumor, hint, secret message, underground report.
v.
Syn. speak softly, speak in a whisper, speak under one's breath, speak in an undertone, tell, talk low, speak confidentially, mutter, murmur, susurrate, rustle, speak into someone's ear.
Ant. yell*, speak aloud, shout.
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
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n.
1. hushed voice murmur, mutter, undertone, soft voice, mumble, sigh, confidential tone, conspiratorial tone.
2. secret rumor, gossip, confidence, insinuation.
3. soft noise sigh, sough, breath.
ANT.: 1. roar, bellow, shout
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v.
murmur, mutter, speak in an undertone, speak softly, mumble, speak confidentially, speak in a conspiratorial tone, breathe, intimate, confide.
ANT.: roar, bellow, shout
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(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. A low, indistinct, and often continuous sound: mumble, murmur, sigh, sough, susurration, susurrus. See SOUNDS. 2. A slight amount or indication: breath, dash, ghost, hair, hint, intimation, semblance, shade, shadow, soupçon, streak, suggestion, suspicion, taste, tinge, touch, trace, whiff. Informal: whisker. See BIG, SHOW. II verb 1. To speak or utter indistinctly, as by lowering the voice or partially dosing the mouth: mumble, murmur, mutter. See SOUNDS. 2. To engage in or spread gossip: blab, gossip, noise, rumor, talk, tattle, tittle-tattle. Idioms: tell tales, tell tales out of school. See WORDS. 3. To tell in confidence: breathe, confide. See SHOW, WORDS. 4. To make a low, continuous, and indistinct sound: murmur, sigh, sough. See SOUNDS.

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