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.
- mur·mur·er, noun
- mur·mur·less, adjective
- mur·mur·less·ly, adverb
- un·mur·mured, adjective
- un·mur·mur·ing, adjective
- un·mur·mur·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use murmur in a sentence
There were murmurs early on that Brady and Arians didn’t vibe.NFL QBs’ second acts have often failed. As usual, Tom Brady is ready to defy the odds. | Eric Adelson | January 6, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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' | Jacqui Goddard | July 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The audience murmured knowingly, as if this were a familiar, yet still frightening observation.Meet The Husband and Wife Novelists Talking Israel to The Christian Right | Sarah Posner | June 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
As the lips of the dead Disney moved, people in the audience murmured their agreement.
Later she murmured approval as Tori Spelling showed off hostessing tips.Sarah Palin Hosts ‘Today’ and Auditions for a Broader Role | Nick Summers | April 3, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
"On a warm summer's day it's delightfully cool down here," Mr. Meadow Mouse murmured.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
Mrs. Kaye, without turning her head, murmured something indistinctly, and lit another cigarette.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
“It is a perfect identification,” murmured Mr. Arden, with his eyes still riveted on the plaster faces.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
"A woman's particular reason is a man's feeble excuse," murmured Sir Lucien rudely.Dope | Sax Rohmer
I believe I murmured something suitable, but it was absurd to pretend to be overjoyed at the news.Uncanny Tales | Various
British Dictionary definitions for murmur
a continuous low indistinct sound, as of distant voices
an indistinct utterance: a murmur of satisfaction
a complaint; grumble: he made no murmur at my suggestion
med any abnormal soft blowing sound heard within the body, usually over the chest: See also heart murmur
to utter (something) in a murmur
(intr) to complain in a murmur
- murmurer, noun
- murmuring, noun, adjective
- murmuringly, adverb
- murmurous, adjective
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