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What does murmurous mean?
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.
Murmurous can be used in all of these contexts. The adjective murmuring can be used to mean the same thing in most cases.
Example: The murmurous creek was as good as a lullaby, soothing me to sleep.
Where does murmurous come from?
The first records of the word murmurous come from the 1500s. Its base word, murmur, 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.
Describing something as murmurous typically means that it is making this kind of low, indistinct sound.
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What are some other forms of murmurous?
- murmur (verb, noun)
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How is murmurous used in real life?
Murmurous is not as commonly used as the adjective murmuring.
And this morning the Shed is a wild meadow; ripe with brambles; murmurous with bees.
— Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) September 2, 2020
'The nightingale had ceas'd, and a few stars / Were lingering in the heavens, while the thrush / Began calm-throated. Throughout all the isle / There was no covert, no retired cave / Unhaunted by the murmurous noise of waves'….
– Keats, Hyperion
— Keats-Shelley Assoc. (@KSAAcomm) May 29, 2018
Listening to the murmurous hum of ambient noises here at 30th station…
— Doug Mendenhall (@SomeDoug) September 6, 2011
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Which of the following words is a synonym of murmurous?
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Example sentences from the Web for murmurous
Then suddenly Stella stopped playing, and the enchantment was dispelled by murmurous praise and entering lamplight.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
Passing his father's closed door on tiptoe, Bibbs heard a murmurous sound, and paused to listen.The Turmoil|Booth Tarkington
Blossoms drifting down, fleeing shadows, voices of wind and water, and all murmurous elfin life spoke to her.Audrey|Mary Johnston
It was a hot bright day, murmurous with bees and the idle, half notes of midsummer birds.The Dark Tower|Phyllis Bottome
It was the first sunny May day of the year, murmurous with bees, and a sweet, warm smell from woods and cleared lands.The Little Red Foot|Robert W. Chambers