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simper (v.)

1560s, "to smile in an affected and silly way," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (such as 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.

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Definitions of simper from WordNet
1
simper (v.)
smile affectedly or derisively;
Synonyms: smirk
2
simper (n.)
a silly self-conscious smile;
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