[ soo-suh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ˌsu səˈreɪ ʃən /


a soft murmur; whisper.

Nearby words

  1. sustentive,
  2. sustineo alas,
  3. susu,
  4. susurrant,
  5. susurrate,
  6. susurrous,
  7. susurrus,
  8. susy,
  9. sutcliffe,
  10. suth.

Origin of susurration

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin susurrātiōn- (stem of susurrātiō), equivalent to susurrāt(us) (past participle of susurrāre; see susurrus, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for susurration



"whisper, murmur," c.1400, from Latin susurrationem (nominative susurratio), from past participle stem of susurrare, from susurrus "murmur, whisper," a reduplication of the PIE imitative base *swer- (2) "to buzz, whisper" (cf. Sanskrit svarati "sounds, resounds," Greek syrinx "flute," Latin surdus "dull, mute," Old Church Slavonic svirati "to whistle," Lithuanian surmo "pipe, shawm," German schwirren "to buzz," Old English swearm "swarm").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper