Sim"per (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Simpered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Simpering.] [Cf. Norw. semper fine, smart, dial. Dan. semper, simper, affected, coy, prudish, OSw. semper one who affectedly refrains from eating, Sw. sipp finical, prim, LG. sipp.]


To smile in a silly, affected, or conceited manner.

Behold yond simpering dame. Shak.

With a made countenance about her mouth, between simpering and smiling. ir. P. Sidney.


To glimmer; to twinkle.


Yet can I mark how stars above Simper and shine. Herbert.


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Sim"per, n.

A constrained, self-conscious smile; an affected, silly smile; a smirk.

The conscious simper, and the jealous leer. Pope.


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