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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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

All of a sudden, again, a slow murmur and everybody starts clapping. Mikayla Grossman, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Lopez's Iconic Versace Dress Is Redesigned as a Sneaker in Honor of Her 50th Birthday," 19 July 2019 When his first pitch flew past Nick Markakis’ bat and the scoreboard read 100 mph, there had been a collective murmur and then cheers throughout Petco Park. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Andres Munoz adds sizzle to Padres’ pen; Miguel Diaz out for season," 13 July 2019 An uncomfortable murmur arose from the audience at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, according to attendees. New York Times, "The Writer Zinzi Clemmons Accuses Junot Díaz of Forcibly Kissing Her," 4 May 2018 Many of the local villagers had never seen a lion before, and there were murmurs of both fear and excitement as the lions were offloaded. Paul Steyn, National Geographic, "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off," 2 May 2019 The only sound that came from the man was a murmur of surprise, a grunt, and then his attempts at breathing as his body struggled. Paul Yoon, Harper's magazine, "Run Me to Earth," 10 Mar. 2019 After some strong murmurs, Miller interrupts, asking what is going on. PEOPLE.com, "Abby Lee Miller Screams at 14-Year-Old in Explosive Dance Moms Teaser: 'I Do Not Raise Brats!'," 11 June 2019 Cardinal DiNardo made the announcement in the first minutes of the assembly in Baltimore, amid murmurs of disquiet in the room. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "‘It Will Cause a Scandal.’ The Pope and a Trusted U.S. Cardinal Clash Over Sex-Abuse Crisis," 14 Feb. 2019 When Christy Turlington, who walked in Marc Jacobs’s seminal 1992 grunge show for Perry Ellis, glided out in an off-the-shoulder jet black frock embroidered all over with glossy feathers, murmurs of delight echoed down the rows. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of New York Fashion Week Fall 2019," 14 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Heck asked these questions loudly in a teardown video last week, all while murmuring about how the NGM's innards seemed easy enough to reconfigure as a handheld system. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Hacker Ben Heck is back to fix the flawed Neo-Geo Mini," 20 Nov. 2018 There wasn’t an after-party scheduled for the evening but with outlaw antics fresh on guests’ minds, plans to grab late-night dinner and drinks were murmured throughout the theater. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Robert Redford Thanks Blake Lively and Charms Guests at Last Night’s Premiere for The Old Man & the Gun," 21 Sep. 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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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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