murmur

noun
mur·​mur | \ ˈmər-mər How to pronounce murmur (audio) \

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

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 Add in a solid ANC chip and any environmental noises will be reduced to a slight murmur. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 3 Jan. 2022 Rogers Stirk’s late arrival steps up to its mark, completing the scene with a confident murmur. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 15 Dec. 2021 Buzzing with that momentum, Roosevelt shocked the Garfield crowd into a dull murmur in the first half as the Rough Riders rung up a 22-0 lead. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2021 Usually when the lights go down in a Broadway house, a few minutes after 8 p.m., there’s a sort of excited quiet murmur, an exhalation as everyone sits up and prepares to take in the show. Christopher Bonanos, Vulture, 27 Nov. 2021 Spending increases can be celebrated as humane attempts to support social justice without raising a murmur from the electorate. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 3 Oct. 2021 That comment drew an even more enthusiastic murmur. Don Yaeger, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 There was a murmur in the room as people returned to their tables. David Treuer, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 But Josie Burko suffered from severe diabetes, a heart murmur and chronic bronchitis and worried her body would react badly. oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While the first responders do their work, the onlookers murmur. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 Like a Disney movie on acid, teapots and cutlery begin to murmur, scream and dictate to him; a beloved antique spoon laments its many losses. Mary Ann Gwinn, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 With Drew Brees out for a while, some talking heads are starting to murmur about the Bucs being the best team in the conference. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, 17 Nov. 2020 When Billy is strung up on a yardarm, the sailors murmur their discontent; a display of martial discipline staves off any threat of mutiny. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 20 Oct. 2020 Knowing my insatiable sweet tooth, my mom would murmur a few words to our waitress, who’d bustle over with plastic drink cups, spoons stuck through the lids. Sovi Wellons, Bon Appétit, 12 Aug. 2020 Some murmur about sharing the cost among a group of friends who all work for different employers — a haphazard coworking space during times when coworking should be dead. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Aug. 2020 By the time the third inning is over and the A’s have no hits, the crowd is starting to murmur. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, 27 June 2020 On a recent day Lein stood in one of her barns as a contented chorus of 9,400 chickens clucked and murmured. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Apr. 2020

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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 and Verb

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

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The first known use of murmur was in the 14th century

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“Murmur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/murmur. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for murmur

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 How to pronounce murmur (audio) \

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 How to pronounce murmur (audio) \

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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