[ mur-mer ]
/ ˈmɜr mər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. murjite,
  2. murk,
  3. murky,
  4. murman coast,
  5. murmansk,
  6. murmuration,
  7. murmuring,
  8. murmurous,
  9. murmurously,
  10. murom

Origin of murmur

1275–1325; (v.) Middle English murmuren < Latin murmurāre; (noun) Middle English < Latin

1. grumble, susurration, mumble, complaint, mutter. 6. 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. 7. grouse.

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unmurmuring

British Dictionary definitions for unmurmuring


/ (ʌnˈmɜːmərɪŋ) /


not complaining


/ (ˈmɜːmə) /


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
Derived Formsmurmurer, nounmurmuring, noun, adjectivemurmuringly, adverbmurmurous, adjective

Word Origin for murmur

C14: as n, from Latin murmur; vb via Old French murmurer from Latin murmurāre to rumble

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Word Origin and History for unmurmuring
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Medicine definitions for unmurmuring


[ mûrmər ]


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

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