- 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.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of murmur
Synonyms for murmur
Examples from the Web for unmurmuring
Historical Examples of unmurmuring
She held me in contempt, and yet she clung to me, patiently and unmurmuring.
Oh, the unmurmuring resignation with which seven several times, she saw her dear ones carried to the grave!Recollections of a Long Life
His faculties seemed walled up in him, and were unmurmuring in their captivity.Shirley
The spirit of piety never seemed to me nobler, than in this unusual expression of unmurmuring, unpresuming resignation.Bygones Worth Remembering, Vol. 1 (of 2)
George Jacob Holyoake
The people were infuriated by the sight of the innocent, unmurmuring Sufferer whom they had thus mangled.
verb -murs, -muring or -mured
Word Origin for murmur
late 14c., "expression of discontent by grumbling," from Old French murmure "murmur, sound of human voices; trouble, argument" (12c.), noun of action from murmurer "to murmur," from Latin murmurare "to murmur, mutter," from murmur (n.) "a hum, muttering, rushing," probably from a PIE reduplicative base *mor-mor, of imitative origin (cf. Sanskrit murmurah "crackling fire," Greek mormyrein "to roar, boil," Lithuanian murmlenti "to murmur"). Meaning "softly spoken words" is from 1670s.