from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The conventional whisper of an actor, intended to be heard by the audience but supposedly inaudible to others on stage.
- n. A whisper that can be or is intended to be overheard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A line that is performed on stage as if it were whispered, but is spoken loud enough that the audience can hear.
- v. Alternative spelling of stage-whisper.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a loud whisper, as by an actor in a theater, supposed, for dramatic effect, to be unheard by one or more of his fellow actors, yet audible to the audience; an aside.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A loud whisper used in by-play by an actor in a theater; an aside; hence, a whisper meant to be heard by those to whom it is not professedly addressed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a loud whisper that can be overheard; on the stage it is heard by the audience but it supposed to be inaudible to the rest of the cast
Ruth let the brother-in-law know that the hospital was going to cost a fortune, got his promise to pick up the tab, then lowered her voice to a stage whisper that could have been heard in the next county: Her name is Mary Clark.
Alain Goldberg abandons the stage whisper and gives a full-bodied yell.
“Frank, Frank, where are you?” she said in a stage whisper as she shuffled into the stilly blackness of the barn, her toes exploring the unknown ground in front of her as sensitively as an animal.
The family all looked us over, but George’s Ganny Walker—who truly was a dear woman—said in a loud stage whisper as she walked by, It’s all right.