Murmur definition

mûrmər
An indistinct, whispered, or confidential complaint; a mutter.
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A low, indistinct, continuous sound, as of a stream or far-off voices.
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A mumbled or muttered complaint.
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(medicine) An abnormal sound, usually emanating from the heart, that sometimes indicates a diseased condition.
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An expression of feeling or opinion, regarded as hesitant, restrained, furtive, etc.

Murmurs of public disapproval.

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The definition of a murmur is a soft and often indistinct sound or whisper.

Low words spoken from a distance are an example of a murmur.

The sound of conversation blending together within a room is an example of a murmur.

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To murmur is to whisper or say something quietly that is usually indistinguishable, or to make a low and quiet humming sound.

When you make low, quiet humming sounds to get your baby to sleep, this is an example of a situation where you murmur.

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(med.) Any abnormal sound heard by auscultation, esp. of the heart.
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To make a murmur.
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To mumble or mutter a complaint.
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To say in a murmur.
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An indistinct, whispered, or confidential complaint; a mutter.
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(medicine) An abnormal sound, usually emanating from the heart, that sometimes indicates a diseased condition.
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To make a low, continuous, indistinct sound or succession of sounds.
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To complain in low mumbling tones; grumble.
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(countable) Low or indistinct sounds or speech.
  • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XI.
    The moment had come for the honeyed word. I lowered my voice to a confidential murmur, but on her inquiring if I had laryngitis raised it again.

A murmur arose from the audience.

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(medicine) The sound made by any condition which produces noisy, or turbulent, flow of blood through the heart.
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(intransitive) To speak or make low, indistinguishable noise; to mumble, mutter. [from 14th c.]

I couldn't hear the words; he just murmured a lot.

The bees murmured in the forest. The waves murmured on the shore.

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To make a low, continuous, indistinct sound or succession of sounds.
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To say in a low indistinct voice; utter indistinctly.

Murmured his approval.

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A muttered complaint or protest; the expression of dissatisfaction in a low muttering voice; any expression of complaint or discontent.
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(intransitive, now rare) To grumble; to complain in a low, muttering voice, or express discontent at or against someone or something. [from 14th c.]
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To say (something) indistinctly, to mutter. [from 15th c.]
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A low, indistinct, continuous sound.

Spoke in a murmur; the murmur of the waves.

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A low, indistinct, continuous sound.

Spoke in a murmur; the murmur of the waves.

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To complain in low mumbling tones; grumble.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
murmur
Plural:
murmurs

Origin of murmur

  • Middle English murmure from Old French from Latin murmur a humming, roaring of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English murmur, murmor, murmour, from Old French murmure (modern French murmure), from Latin murmur (“murmur, humming, muttering, roaring, growling, rushing etc.").

    From Wiktionary