noun mur·mur \ˈmər-mər\

: 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

:  a half-suppressed or muttered complaint :  grumbling
a :  a low indistinct but often continuous sound
b :  a soft or gentle utterance
:  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



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

: to make a low, continuous sound

Full Definition of MURMUR

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

First Known Use of MURMUR

14th century


noun mur·mur \ˈmər-mər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MURMUR

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


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