- a low, continuous sound, as of a brook, the wind, or trees, or of low, indistinct voices.
- a mumbled or private expression of discontent.
- Also called heart murmur. Medicine/Medical.
- 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.
- Phonetics. a voice quality in which vibration of the vocal cords is accompanied by the escape of a great deal of air, as in the (h) of ahead; breathy voice.
- to make a low or indistinct sound, especially continuously.
- to speak in a low tone or indistinctly.
- to complain in a low tone or in private.
- to sound by murmurs.
- to utter in a low tone: He murmured a threat as he left the room.
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.
- not complaining
- 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
- to utter (something) in a murmur
- (intr) to complain in a murmur
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.
- An abnormal sound heard on auscultation of the heart, lungs, or blood vessels.