murmur

noun
mur·​mur | \ˈmər-mər \

Definition of murmur 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a half-suppressed or muttered complaint : grumbling murmurs of disapproval

2a : a low indistinct but often continuous sound a murmur of voices the murmur of the waves along the shore

b : a soft or gentle utterance the murmur of nannies cooing into baby carriages— Nancy Gibbs

3 : an atypical sound of the heart typically indicating a functional or structural abnormality The physician detected a heart murmur in his patient.

murmur

verb
murmured; murmuring; murmurs

Definition of murmur (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a murmur the breeze murmured in the pines

transitive verb

: to say in a murmur

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Other Words from murmur

Verb

murmurer noun

Examples of murmur in a Sentence

Noun

the murmur of the crowd The suggestion brought murmurs of disapproval. He spoke in a murmur. They spoke to each other in murmurs. the murmur of the waves along the shore

Verb

He murmured something about having to get home. “Thank you,” she murmured as she left the room. The breeze murmured in the pines.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

LeBron's commitment could make Paul George's decision easier, although there are recent murmurs that OKC could keep PG. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Trusting the Lakers' Process in NBA Free Agency," 26 June 2018 On Thursday, the murmur increased a few decibels, when Nick Williams made some on-the-record comments that left little doubt about his disenchantment with his current playing time. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Do the Phillies really have enough at-bats to go around Gabe Kapler's lineup? | David Murphy," 6 Apr. 2018 That the youthquake may have been a murmur should be little comfort to the Conservatives. The Economist, "A not-so-youthful rebellionThe myth of the “youthquake” of 2017," 3 Feb. 2018 In a cramped bedroom down the hall, Ansari’s wife, Nusrat, 42, spoke in a murmur. Pamela Constable, Washington Post, "In Pakistan, the rape and killing of a 7-year-old girl is changing a culture of shame and indifference," 20 Jan. 2018 And a report from the Times has backed up the recent murmurs outside St James' Park, suggesting that the Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate will watch Shelvey in person during the next round of Premier League fixtures. SI.com, "England Preparing to Snub Arsenal and Liverpool Stars in Favour of Newcastle Midfielder," 18 Apr. 2018 Often the boats turn south from the marina where there aren’t many homes, which creates just a murmur of noise for homeowners, but sometimes the tour boats come north and bring the thunderous noise past the neighborhood in search of alligator nests. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Despite new law, homeowners on Lake Toho still complain about airboat noise," 13 July 2018 David Beckham entered the room not to outright booing Thursday evening, as some had predicted, but to a sort of collective grunting murmur and frowns. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "David Beckham confronts his biggest fight yet to (finally) bring MLS soccer to Miami," 12 July 2018 The Texan’s earthy folk, blues and gospel songs are at home amid the riotous laughter of children and the content murmur of picnickers. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts June 21-27: Macklemore & Kesha; Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & Dwight Yoakam," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The lobby murmurs with electricity, the First Lady dolls stare expectantly from behind their glass. Leslie Kendall Dye, Longreads, "City on a Hill," 23 June 2018 There are no traces of the meadows, or the woodland murmurs the libretto refers to. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: A Conductor Delivers a Magnificent ‘Parsifal’ at the Met," 6 Feb. 2018 The local Taliban leader, Ghulam Sakhi, murmured a few words about obeying the orders of the group’s national leader, then brought his teenage son to the floor. Washington Post, "Taliban leaders reject Afghan government’s proposed cease-fire extension," 18 June 2018 The tables had tablecloths, the lights were dim, music murmured from the walls and there were no drinks on the house. Bill Savage, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books / Booze / Food & Drink Can a Division Street cocktail bar truly capture the spirit of Nelson Algren?," 13 June 2018 Wittig said, as those in the audience murmured in agreement. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Proposed U.S. Steel consent decree brings questions from environmentalists," 24 May 2018 Guillard seemed momentarily puzzled, murmuring something about learning to drive a big rig. Fox News, "Europe faces a wave of freed terror convicts. Is it ready?," 11 May 2018 Chubb knows the draft order by heart, too, murmuring each team before Burkhardt writes it down. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "24 Hours ... With Bradley Chubb and His Team at the NFL Draft," 1 May 2018 The videos confront and mesmerize — the whispering, murmuring, and singing mouths cannot be escaped. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Meet six talented art-school grads," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of murmur

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for murmur

Noun

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

Verb

see murmur entry 1

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murmur

noun

English Language Learners Definition of murmur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

murmur

verb

English Language Learners Definition of murmur (Entry 2 of 2)

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

: to make a low, continuous sound

murmur

noun
mur·​mur | \ˈmər-mər \

Kids Definition of murmur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a low faint sound the murmur of voices

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

murmur

verb
murmured; murmuring

Kids Definition of murmur (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

murmur

noun
mur·​mur | \ˈmər-mər \

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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