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murmur

[ mur-mer ]
/ ˈmɜr mər /
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noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to sound by murmurs.
to utter in a low tone: He murmured a threat as he left the room.

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Origin of murmur

First recorded in 1275–1325; verb murmur from Middle English murmuren, from Latin murmurāre “to mutter, make a gentle sound, roar, grumble,” a Latin development of mormor-, murmur-, a Proto-Indo-European onomatopoeic root that appears in Greek mormýrein “(of water) to boil noisily,” Sanskirt marmara- “rustling, rushing,” Lithuanian murmėti “to babble, mutter,” and German murmeln “to mumble, murmur”; noun murmur also from Middle English, from Latin
Murmur, mumble, mutter mean to make sounds that are not fully intelligible. To murmur is to utter sounds or words in a low, almost inaudible tone, as in expressing affection or dissatisfaction: to murmur disagreement. To mumble is to utter imperfect or inarticulate sounds with the mouth partly closed, so that the words can be distinguished only with difficulty: to mumble the answer to a question. To mutter is to utter words in a low, grumbling way, often voicing complaint or discontent, not meant to be fully audible: to mutter complaints.
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British Dictionary definitions for murmur

murmur
/ (ˈmɜːmə) /

noun

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

verb -murs, -muring or -mured

to utter (something) in a murmur
(intr) to complain in a murmur
murmurer, nounmurmuring, noun, adjectivemurmuringly, adverbmurmurous, adjective
C14: as n, from Latin murmur; vb via Old French murmurer from Latin murmurāre to rumble
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for murmur

murmur
[ mûrmər ]

n.

An abnormal sound heard on auscultation of the heart, lungs, or blood vessels.
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