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 move triggered barely a murmur of opposition in the Arab world. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "Two major changes that made the Israel-UAE peace deal possible," 26 Aug. 2020 The end-of-day murmur echoed in the massive foyer, people already gathering in a curly queue by the exit where the security guard, Sam, was lackadaisically checking bags. Namwali Serpell, Harper's Magazine, "The Work of Art," 18 Aug. 2020 The track even features beautiful violin strokes by frequent G collaborator Molly Germer, adding shades of splendor behind Emily Massey's syrupy murmur. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Friday Five: Miley Cyrus' disco-chic single, another unreleased Prince gem, and more," 14 Aug. 2020 The words repeated: a murmur, a shimmer, a cat walking across covers. Longreads, "Your Wilderness Is Not Permanent," 10 Aug. 2020 The erstwhile Southlake Carroll wunderkind was born with a heart murmur and a slight leak in her mitral valve, which helps control the flow of oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the body. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas volleyball’s Asjia O’Neal not deterred by two open-heart surgeries," 8 Aug. 2020 Once headed for euthanization due to a small heart murmur, Pammy is one of 94 adult cats that reside at the Feline Community Network's new, larger location, a 5,000-square-foot building at 1601 W. 37th Ave. Karen Caffarini, chicagotribune.com, "Feline shelter growing into new, larger Hobart space; 94 cats now in building," 6 Aug. 2020 Chartier argued that jail was an unfit punishment for Klages as a non-violent first offender, and because of her age and a heart murmur, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Anna Liz Nichols, Star Tribune, "Judge sentences ex-MSU coach to jail in Nassar-related case," 4 Aug. 2020 Her son is also sick, according to the lawyers, with diarrhea, fever, a rash and a history of a heart murmur. NBC News, "Immigrant parents denied adequate medical care, should be released with their children, lawyers say," 12 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Jones, who was not in the matchday squad that day and has been a fringe player at best all season, was sat in the row behind next to veteran third choice goalkeeper Lee Grant, where he was caught on camera murmuring something under his lips. SI.com, "Ed Woodward Reveals What Was Really Said in Viral Clip Involving Phil Jones," 22 Oct. 2019 Passion and poetry at Tangent Gallery Sweet words of love will be murmured and sung Saturday at Tangent Gallery, which is playing host to the 33rd edition of Detroit’s EROTIC POETRY & MUSIC FESTIVAL. Detroit Free Press, "Detroit’s Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend and beyond, including Tattoo Expo, Autorama, Sturgill Simpson," 26 Feb. 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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2 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Murmur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/murmur. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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