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murmur

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noun mur·mur \ˈmər-mər\

Simple Definition of murmur

  • : a low sound made when many people are speaking

  • : a quiet expression of an opinion or feeling

  • : speech or a way of speaking that is quiet and soft

Full Definition of murmur

  1. 1 :  a half-suppressed or muttered complaint :  grumbling

  2. 2 a :  a low indistinct but often continuous sound b :  a soft or gentle utterance

  3. 3 :  an atypical sound of the heart typically indicating a functional or structural abnormality

Examples of murmur

  1. the murmur of the crowd

  2. The suggestion brought murmurs of disapproval.

  3. He spoke in a murmur.

  4. They spoke to each other in murmurs.

  5. the murmur of the waves along the shore



Origin of murmur

Middle English murmure, from Anglo-French disturbance, from Latin murmur murmur, roar, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with murmur


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murmur

verb mur·mur

Simple Definition of murmur

  • : to say (something) in a quiet and soft voice

  • : to make a low, continuous sound

Full Definition of murmur

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a murmur <the breeze murmured in the pines>

  3. 2 :  complain, grumble

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to say in a murmur

mur·mur·er noun

Examples of murmur

  1. He murmured something about having to get home.

  2. Thank you, she murmured as she left the room.

  3. The breeze murmured in the pines.



14th Century

First Known Use of murmur

14th century



MURMUR Defined for Kids

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murmur

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noun mur·mur \ˈmər-mər\

Definition of murmur

  1. 1 :  a low faint sound <the murmur of voices>

  2. 2 :  a quiet expression of an opinion or feeling <murmurs of approval>




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murmur

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verb mur·mur

Definition of murmur

mur·muredmur·mur·ing

  1. 1 :  to make a low faint sound <The breeze murmured in the trees.>

  2. 2 :  to say in a voice too quiet to be heard clearly <She murmured “thank you” as she left.>




Medical Dictionary

murmur

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noun mur·mur \ˈmər-mər\

Medical Definition of murmur

  1. :  an atypical sound of the heart typically indicating a functional or structural abnormality—called also heart murmur





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