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 Wayne would fish there for hours on end, lulled by the hypnotic murmur of the ocean. Glamour, "Mazie K. Hirono’s Memoir Is an Epic, Heart-Tugging Journey," 19 Apr. 2021 His medical problems are documented in his chart from Salem Health: diabetes, neuropathy, bipolar disorder, heart failure, heart murmur, HPV, hepatitis, hypertension, substance abuse. Saphara Harrell, oregonlive, "He died a lonely motel death but it wasn’t because no one cared," 18 Apr. 2021 Baseball fans may not be as raucous as football crowds or as loud as those at an indoor basketball arena, but the murmur of the crowd is an important backdrop at every game. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Baseball's 2021 season brings hope for Giants, for A's - and for a return to normalcy," 28 Mar. 2021 Over the sound of the ocean comes the murmur of business jargon. The Economist, "Remote working is a lifeline for Kenya’s beach resorts," 13 Mar. 2021 From the moment she was born — two months premature with a heart murmur — to her final few breaths, Virginia Castillo demonstrated valiance. AZCentral.com, "Help support local journalism like this," 11 Mar. 2021 David has a heart murmur, and Monica has to remind him repeatedly not to run. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Minari’ is a beautifully told family story," 12 Feb. 2021 Eleven and 12 years old, with the chemical murmur of adolescence around the bend, our worlds were a string of question marks and exclamation points, from the acne on our faces to new dreams of becoming a doctor (him) and a writer (me). Tanner Laguatan, Wired, "When World of Warcraft Is an Escape—and a Memorial," 19 Feb. 2021 Instead of engaging the listener with news, story, or information, Mooallem’s podcast gives us crunching leaves, the sounds of footsteps in the snow, and the murmur of Pacific Northwest breeze. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "Does Clubhouse Mean Bad Things for Podcasting?," 16 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Mark Craig's Week 11 NFL Power Ratings: Vikings moving up," 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, "Pushed to the Edge by “Beau Travail”," 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, "Chè Ba Màu Is Pure Bliss in Summer’s Sticky Heat," 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, "WFH is not working: I traded a car payment for an office lease — and I have no regrets," 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, "Sporting Green reader memories: Loma Prieta at Candlestick, Matt Cain perfect," 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, "It wasn't just toilet paper. People stocked up on eggs during pandemic, sending wholesale prices skyrocketing," 23 Apr. 2020 Curreri murmured along quietly into his microphone, a quiet tuh tuh tuh. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 14 Mar. 2020 Under the fluorescent light of the intensive care unit, Abudulfetah touched his baby’s soft hair, murmuring words of prayer. Washington Post, "US heart surgeon treats children lacking care in Libya’s war," 11 Mar. 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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Time Traveler for murmur

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

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24 Apr 2021

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“Murmur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/murmur. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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