- 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.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of murmur
Examples from the Web for murmur
Selling off the extras, I saw my neighbor marvel at the scent and murmur that he wished he could afford one.
They occurred without a murmur of protest from the United States.
And if she did murmur something, why did Ingham choose not to record it?
Many Eastwood critics, few of them academics, have done a great deal more than just murmur.
As the curtain rose opening night, the audience let out a murmur—a subtle appreciation for beauty in the raw.
Only from far away came the murmur of the sluggish waters of the Maros, and from its shores the call of a heron to its mate.A Bride of the Plains|Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Not a word of information was wrung from them, no murmur of complaint crossed their lips.The Petticoat Commando|Johanna Brandt
Then, when expectation had reached its utmost point, there was a murmur.Personal Reminiscences in Book Making|R.M. Ballantyne
There wasna a murmur amongst them, nor amongst all his servants.
The voices in Susy's sickroom ceased to murmur; presently Mrs. Collins stole softly upstairs.The Children of Wilton Chase|Mrs. L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for murmur
verb -murs, -muring or -mured
Word Origin for murmur
Word Origin and History for murmur (1 of 2)
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.