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murmur

noun mur·mur \ ˈmər-mər \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of murmur

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

Examples of murmur in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of murmur from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of murmur

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


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murmur

verb

Definition of murmur

intransitive verb
1 : to make a murmur
  • the breeze murmured in the pines
transitive verb
: to say in a murmur

murmurer

noun

Examples of murmur in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of murmur from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of murmur



MURMUR Defined for English Language Learners

murmur

noun

Definition of murmur for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of murmur for English Language Learners

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

  • : to make a low, continuous sound


MURMUR Defined for Kids

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murmur

noun mur·mur \ ˈmər-mər \

Definition of murmur for Students

1 : a low faint sound
  • the murmur of voices
2 : a quiet expression of an opinion or feeling
  • murmurs of approval

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murmur

verb

Definition of murmur for Students

murmured; murmuring
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.

Medical Dictionary

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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