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

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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 The sweet murmur of the Sarayu added to the deceptive calm. Krishna Jha And Dhirendra K. Jha, Quartz India, "The night of 1949 when a Ram idol suddenly appeared inside Babri Masjid and changed history," 10 Nov. 2019 After moving to Conway, Edith contracted rheumatic fever, which prevented her from attending school for a year and gave her a lifelong heart murmur. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Edith Irby Jones, Barrier-Breaking Doctor in the South, Dies at 91," 23 July 2019 The adoption agency never told Marvice about the baby’s terminal heart murmur. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Colts LB Ahmad Thomas was born without a family or future, then he found both," 3 Aug. 2019 During the medal ceremony, a murmur went through the Mexico City crowd when both men made their gesture. Rick Maese, Washington Post, "Two sprinters gave the black-power salute at the Olympics. It took them decades to recover from that gesture.," 28 May 2018 The decision was accepted with a murmur of disgruntlement, a sigh of frustration. Rory Smith, New York Times, "At Arsenal, Rewriting the Story May Take a Bit More Time," 1 Sep. 2019 Pompeo’s transformation reflects the larger story of how the Republican Party went from disdaining Trump to embracing him with barely a murmur of dissent. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of Trump," 19 Aug. 2019 After moving to Conway, Edith contracted rheumatic fever, which prevented her from attending school for a year and gave her a lifelong heart murmur. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Edith Irby Jones, Barrier-Breaking Doctor in the South, Dies at 91," 23 July 2019 Margaret Tomsia, Kevin’s mother, said Kevin was diagnosed with a heart murmur at the age of 4 and was being treated for a heart condition prior to his collapse in the Maine South field house. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Teen hoping to become paramedic credited with life-saving response to Maine South High School student," 4 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Privately, some informed figures in Beijing play down the idea that October 1st is a deadline for ending the impasse, murmuring that Hong Kong, a tiny place of 7m people, cannot overshadow celebrations by a motherland of 1.4bn citizens. The Economist, "China is using Kublai Khan’s methods to quell protests in Hong Kong," 29 Aug. 2019 Whatever the name, there are plenty of sibling harmonies to be found in their murmuring folk music. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 28 July 2018 At the end of the show, everyone headed into the night together by the murmuring Danube. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 When the chair umpire Damian Steiner announced the tiebreaker at 12-12, the crowd murmured in excited approval. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Novak Djokovic Wins Wimbledon, Outlasting Roger Federer," 14 July 2019 There was a wave of murmuring, and the room got very quiet. Allan Kozinn, New York Times, "Michael Colgrass, Composer Who Transcended Genres, Dies at 87," 9 July 2019 The actual plot takes up about half an hour, dispersed throughout the film via tense phone calls and murmured conversations, in sparsely furnished apartments. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Reviews: Gary Oldman in ‘Killers Anonymous’; plus ‘The 16th Episode’ and more," 27 June 2019 Elizabeth murmured as her daughter burrowed her head into the space between her neck and bare shoulder. Jennifer Egan, New York Times, "Children of the Opioid Epidemic," 9 May 2018 In one of the season’s delectably ambitious moments, the script has Bright murmuring a quick if obscure reference to Conservative MP Enoch Powell’s explosive 1968 Rivers of Blood speech. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Endeavour’ Review: Hope Meets Uncertainty," 26 July 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 and Verb

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

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18 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for murmur

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

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More Definitions for murmur

murmur

noun
How to pronounce murmur (audio)

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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