Definition of murmur
- 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.
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What does murmur mean?
To murmur is to make a continuous, low, and indistinct sound. Such a sound can be called a murmur. Examples include the sound of water in a stream, the wind through the trees, and the low, muffled sound of a TV in another room.
This is the way the word is used in the phrase the murmur of the crowd, which refers to the collective sound of a lot of people talking at once. In contrast, the roar of the crowd refers to collective cheering and is much louder.
Murmur also means to say something in a low tone that can’t be easily understood. Similar words are mutter and mumble. Murmuring in this way is often done to express discontent with whatever one is talking about.
The thing that’s said can be called a murmur. This sense of murmur can also be used in a more figurative way to refer to a private expression of discontent, as in There were murmurs about a strike.
In the context of medicine, murmur is a short form of the term heart murmur, referring to an abnormal sound heard when listening to a heartbeat with a stethoscope (such a sound may indicate the presence of deformation in the heart valves).
Example: The endless murmur of the creek was as good as a lullaby, soothing me to sleep.
Where does murmur come from?
The first records of the word murmur come from around the 1300s. It comes from the Latin word murmurāre, meaning “to mutter,” “to make a gentle sound,” “to roar,” or “to grumble.” Murmur is thought to be based on onomatopoeia, which is the formation of a word by imitation of a sound.
In other words, murmur sounds like the thing it describes. When the people in a crowd all talk at the same time, you don’t hear the individual voices or conversations. Instead, you can only hear the murmur—the indistinct, collective chatter of all those voices combined. If you tried to imitate that sound, it may sound a bit like murmurmurmurmurmur.
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What are some other forms of murmur?
- murmuring (continuous tense verb, noun)
- murmurer (noun)
- murmurous (adjective)
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How is murmur used in real life?
Murmur is commonly used as a both a verb and a noun. Most of its senses involve a low, indistinct sound.
My dad sees CNN discussing Bieber, starts yeling "Just put him in jail. And be done with it" walks away murmuring something about junk on TV
— Jana (@kasperka) January 23, 2014
We're nearly underway in Hawaii. Both teams take the field to the roar … err, murmur, of the crowd.
— Marek Warszawski (@MarekTheBee) December 25, 2017
That period of fall has returned to New England where I look outside and murmur "yuck" under my breath.
— Drew Christ (@drewchrist_geo) October 17, 2019
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Which of the following words is a synonym of murmur?
D. all of the above
How to use murmur in a sentence
Used this way, the fabric microphone might listen for murmurs.This new fabric can ‘hear’ sounds or broadcast them|Carolyn Wilke|April 29, 2022|Science News For Students
This gun operates at a whisper-soft murmur, so you never have to worry about disturbing those around you, especially if you share a small space.Relax and fight off soreness with these massagers that are on sale|Stack Commerce|October 5, 2021|Popular-Science
The game was a pitchers’ duel until, just like that, Pablo Sandoval swung the Atlanta Braves in front and turned Nationals Park into a gallery of light murmurs.Erick Fedde stumbles early, Nats’ bats fizzle late as Braves complete doubleheader sweep|Jesse Dougherty|April 8, 2021|Washington Post
It was the low-level murmur of two people who had forgotten to go on mute, followed by giggling.A Latina lawmaker spoke about racism on Zoom. Over giggles, people discussed her accent.|Rebecca Tan|March 3, 2021|Washington Post
Selling off the extras, I saw my neighbor marvel at the scent and murmur that he wished he could afford one.
Then in a kind and soothing murmur he ran over the important points with Vance, who stood like one stunned.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The crowd on the floor responded with a half-hearted murmur of assent.Egypt’s Government Thugs Beat Me Up at the Rabaa Sit-In|Mike Giglio|August 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The mix of cooking segments, pop concerts, and celebrity interviews is met with an unappreciative murmur.‘CBS This Morning’ Success Brings With It a Certain Swagger|David Freedlander|July 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They occurred without a murmur of protest from the United States.
Bernard folded his hands together—almost devoutly—and stood gazing at her with a long, inarticulate murmur of satisfaction.Confidence|Henry James
Her glance wandered from his face away toward the Gulf, whose sonorous murmur reached her like a loving but imperative entreaty.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The leaves were motionless, the river crept past without a murmur, the dark hills rose out of the distant desert like a wave.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
At the store he would never have given in, but he was not accustomed to hearing so loud a murmur of approval greet the opposition.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
“Akhab Khan prevented those Shia dogs from shooting you and Mayne-sahib,” went on the low murmur.The Red Year|Louis Tracy