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.


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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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 But Josie Burko suffered from severe diabetes, a heart murmur and chronic bronchitis and worried her body would react badly. oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2021 As is clearly seen by the cloudiness in her eyes, Gladys was found to have cataracts once in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital as well as a few masses on her body and a slight heart murmur. The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2021 Most venues will run some sort of sound tracks to simulate crowd murmur or presence, but only to prevent total silence and for competitive reasons. Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 When Robinhood announced its first earnings as a public company on Aug. 18, the Redditors on the WallStreetBets forum barely raised a murmur. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 19 Aug. 2021 When listening to a very soft heart murmur, having a quiet room and the patient’s chest completely exposed is necessary. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 15 Aug. 2021 And yet couples sunning and smooching are often accused of doing it for publicity, a murmur that Chalamet, for one, denied. Michelle Rui, Vogue, 8 July 2021 Instead of the roar of excitement from thousands of fans that usually fills the convention space, the Hall H crowd was more like a murmur. Ew Staff,, 8 June 2021 So why all the fuss for a musician whose broad name recognition remains a murmur? Andrew Dansby, Chron, 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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,, 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 Curreri murmured along quietly into his microphone, a quiet tuh tuh tuh. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, 14 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of murmur


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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



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


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


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.


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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