Meaning of SIMPER in English


sim ‧ per /ˈsɪmpə $ -ər/ BrE AmE verb [intransitive]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Origin: Perhaps from a Scandinavian language ]

to smile in a silly annoying way:

Betsy simpered at him as she spoke.

a silly, simpering girl

—simper noun [countable]

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▪ smile to make your mouth curve upwards, in order to be friendly or because you are happy or amused:

She smiled when she read his email.


‘I’m delighted to meet you,' George said, smiling at the girl.

▪ grin to give a big smile:

The two boys were grinning at each other.


The coach was grinning from ear to ear (=was grinning a lot) when the team scored.

▪ beam to give a big happy smile for a long time, because you are very pleased or proud:

She beamed with pride as her son collected the award.


The wedding couple were outside beaming at the camera.

▪ smirk to smile in an unpleasant way, for example because you are pleased about someone else’s bad luck or because you know something that someone else does not know:

The children smirked when the teacher dropped all the books on the floor.


What are you smirking about?

▪ simper disapproving written to smile in a silly and annoying way:

a group of simpering schoolgirls


I hated the way she simpered every time a man spoke to her.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.