- a low, continuous sound, as of a brook, the wind, or trees, or of low, indistinct voices.
- a mumbled or private expression of discontent.
- Also called heart murmur. Medicine/Medical.
- an abnormal sound heard on listening to the heart, usually through a stethoscope, produced by the blood passing through deformed cardiac valves.
- in some persons a similar sound heard when blood passes through normal valves.
- Phonetics. a voice quality in which vibration of the vocal cords is accompanied by the escape of a great deal of air, as in the (h) of ahead; breathy voice.
- to make a low or indistinct sound, especially continuously.
- to speak in a low tone or indistinctly.
- to complain in a low tone or in private.
- to sound by murmurs.
- to utter in a low tone: He murmured a threat as he left the room.
Origin of murmur
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Examples from the Web for murmured
When the song “One and Only You” started playing on the tape, Jerry Lee smiled and murmured, “This is dedicated to you.”The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
Colleague John Guy shook hands solemnly with Zimmerman's counsel and murmured, "Congratulations."George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty; Looks Forward to 'Getting His Life Back'
July 14, 2013
Later she murmured approval as Tori Spelling showed off hostessing tips.Sarah Palin Hosts ‘Today’ and Auditions for a Broader Role
April 3, 2012
I murmured the conventional things about his roles in film and theatre.Courting Brando
December 19, 2008
“I would not be seen in the street with that scarecrow,” murmured Giles.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
"Trouble him not," murmured the melancholy man, with gentleness.The Christmas Banquet (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
When this was concluded, Mr. Gladstone murmured, "Our Father."The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Even Corney's eyes filled with tears, and he murmured, "Poor Markie!"Weighed and Wanting
"I'm aw'fly sorry," Billy murmured with a foolish, embarrassed grin.The Bacillus of Beauty
- a continuous low indistinct sound, as of distant voices
- an indistinct utterancea murmur of satisfaction
- a complaint; grumblehe made no murmur at my suggestion
- med any abnormal soft blowing sound heard within the body, usually over the chestSee also heart murmur
- to utter (something) in a murmur
- (intr) to complain in a murmur
Word Origin and History for murmured
late 14c., "expression of discontent by grumbling," from Old French murmure "murmur, sound of human voices; trouble, argument" (12c.), noun of action from murmurer "to murmur," from Latin murmurare "to murmur, mutter," from murmur (n.) "a hum, muttering, rushing," probably from a PIE reduplicative base *mor-mor, of imitative origin (cf. Sanskrit murmurah "crackling fire," Greek mormyrein "to roar, boil," Lithuanian murmlenti "to murmur"). Meaning "softly spoken words" is from 1670s.
- An abnormal sound heard on auscultation of the heart, lungs, or blood vessels.