Definitions for Murmurˈmɜr mər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mur•murˈmɜr mər(n.)

  1. a low and indistinct continuous sound, as of a brook or the wind, or of distant voices.

  2. a mumbled or private expression of discontent.

  3. an abnormal continuous or periodic sound heard within the body by auscultation, esp. one originating in the heart valves.

    Category: Medicine, Pathology

  4. (v.i.)to make a low and indistinct continuous sound.

  5. to complain in a low tone or in private.

  6. (v.t.)to express in murmurs.

Origin of murmur:

1275–1325; ME < L murmurāre


Princeton's WordNet

  1. mutter, muttering, murmur, murmuring, murmuration, mussitation(noun)

    a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech

  2. murmur vowel, murmur(noun)

    a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant

  3. heart murmur, cardiac murmur, murmur(noun)

    an abnormal sound of the heart; sometimes a sign of abnormal function of the heart valves

  4. grumble, grumbling, murmur, murmuring, mutter, muttering(verb)

    a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone

  5. murmur(verb)

    speak softly or indistinctly

    "She murmured softly to the baby in her arms"

  6. murmur, mutter, grumble, croak, gnarl(verb)

    make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath

    "she grumbles when she feels overworked"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. murmur(verb)ˈmɜr mər

    to make a continuous quiet pleasant noise

    crickets murmuring on a hot summer night; voices murmuring in the distance

  2. murmurˈmɜr mər

    to say sth in a very quiet voice

    She murmured her thanks.; a girl murmuring in her sleep; the murmur of the stream in the woods; a murmur of approval from the crowd


  1. murmur(Noun)

    (countable) Low or indistinct sounds or speech.

  2. murmur(Noun)

    The sound made by any condition which produces noisy, or turbulent, flow of blood through the heart.

  3. murmur(Noun)

    A muttered complaint or protest; the expression of dissatisfaction in a low muttering voice; any expression of complaint or discontent

  4. murmur(Verb)

    To grumble; to complain in a low, muttering voice, or express discontent at or against someone or something.

  5. murmur(Verb)

    To speak or make low, indistinguishable noise; to mumble, mutter.

    I couldn't hear the words; he just murmured a lot.

  6. murmur(Verb)

    To say (something) indistinctly, to mutter.

    I...heard thee murmur tales of iron wars. (Shakespeare, 1 Hen. IV., II. 3.51)

  7. Origin: From murmur, murmor, murmour, from murmure (modern French murmure), from murmur, from mormur-. Reduplication points to imitative, onomatopoeic origin. Cognate with Sanskrit , Ancient Greek , Lithuanian murmėti, murmuron, murmulon, murra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Murmur(verb)

    a low, confused, and indistinct sound, like that of running water

  2. Murmur(verb)

    a complaint half suppressed, or uttered in a low, muttering voice

  3. Murmur(verb)

    to make a low continued noise, like the hum of bees, a stream of water, distant waves, or the wind in a forest

  4. Murmur(verb)

    to utter complaints in a low, half-articulated voice; to feel or express dissatisfaction or discontent; to grumble; -- often with at or against

  5. Murmur(verb)

    to utter or give forth in low or indistinct words or sounds; as, to murmur tales


  1. Murmur

    Murmur was a record label that started as an imprint of Sony Music Australia in mid-1994. Named after REM's first album, Murmur signed a number of Australia's most successful rock bands, including Silverchair, Ammonia, Something for Kate and Jebediah. Notable alumni of Murmur are John O'Donnell, a former Rolling Stone journalist who became the head of EMI Australia, and John Watson, who runs a music management company and independent record label, Eleven.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Murmur' in Verbs Frequency: #684

Translations for Murmur

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a quiet, indistinct sound, eg that of running water or low voices

the murmur of the sea; There was a low murmur among the crowd.

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