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murmur

noun

  1. (sound)  a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
    Synonyms: murmuration, murmuring, mussitation, mutter, muttering. Type of: sound
  2. (schwa)  a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant
    Synonyms: murmur vowel. Type of: schwa
  3. (symptom)  an abnormal sound of the heart; sometimes a sign of abnormal function of the heart valves
    Synonyms: cardiac murmur, heart murmur. Type of: symptom
  4. (complaint)  a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
    Synonyms: grumble, grumbling, murmuring, mutter, muttering. Type of: complaint

verb

  1. (talk)  to speak softly or indistinctly
    Type of: talk
  2. (complain)  to make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
    Synonyms: croak, gnarl, grumble, mutter, chunter [Britain, informal]. Type of: complain

Etymology summary

"expression of discontent by grumbling", from Old French murmure (12th century),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

murmur | grumble [synonym, sense-specific] | murmurer [noun, derived]

a continuous low indistinct sound, as of distant voices | an indistinct utterance | a complaint; grumble | [medicine] any abnormal soft blowing sound ... (21 of 480 words, 6 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Murmur [disambiguation]

usually means: Breathy voice, a type of phonation in speech, also known as a "murmured voice" | Heart murmur, a pathologic heart sound produced as a result of turbulent blood | It can also refer to: Murmur (album), the 1983 debut R.E.M. album | Murmur ... (42 of 270 words, 20 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

murmur | murmur against | without a murmur | murmurer [derived] | murmurous [derived]

a low continuous background noise | a softly spoken or almost inaudible utterance | the quiet or subdued expression of a particular feeling by a group ... (24 of 203 words, 8 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

murmur [entry 1, noun] | grumbling [synonym, sense-specific] | beef [synonym, sense-specific] | bitch [synonym, sense-specific] | bleat [synonym, sense-specific] | carp [synonym, sense-specific] | fuss [synonym, sense-specific] | grievance [synonym, sense-specific] | gripe [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a half-suppressed or muttered complaint; "grumbling" | a low indistinct but often continuous sound ; a soft or gentle utterance | an atypical sound of ... (23 of 165 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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murmur [entry 2, verb] | complain [synonym, sense-specific] | grumble [synonym, sense-specific] | beef [synonym, sense-specific] | bellyache [synonym, sense-specific] | bitch [synonym, sense-specific] | bleat [synonym, sense-specific] | carp [synonym, sense-specific] | caterwaul [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to make a murmur | "complain", "grumble" | to say in a murmur (11 of 148 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example)

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Random House Dictionary:

murmur | heart murmur [synonym, sense-specific]

a low, continuous sound, as of a brook, the wind, or trees, or of low, indistinct voices. | a mumbled or private expression of discontent. | ... (24 of 156 words, 9 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

murmur | murmurs [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmuring [present participle] | murmurings [plural, present participle] | mutter [synonym, sense-specific]

[countable] Low or indistinct sounds or speech. | [medicine] The sound made by any condition which produces noisy, or turbulent, flow of blood through the heart. | A muttered complaint or protest; the expression of dissatisfaction in a low muttering ... (38 of 152 words, 6 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

murmur [noun] | murmurs [plural] | without a murmur

[countable] something that is said in a very quiet voice ; a quiet expression of a feeling | [singular] a quiet continuous sound | [countable] a ... (24 of 109 words, 5 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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murmur | murmuring [singular] | murmurings [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmurs [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive/transitive] to say something in a very quiet voice | [intransitive] to make a quiet continuous sound | [intransitive, formal] to ... (19 of 80 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

murmur | murmured [past tense] | murmuring [present participle] | murmurs [3rd-person singular present] | murmurer [noun, related] | murmuringly [adverb, related] | murmurous [adjective, related] | murmurously [adverb, related]

A low, indistinct, continuous sound | An indistinct, whispered, or confidential complaint; a mutter. | [medicine] An abnormal sound, usually emanating ... (19 of 100 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

murmur | murmuration [noun, related] | murmurer [noun, related] | murmuring [adjective, related]

a low, indistinct, continuous sound, as of a stream, far-off voices, etc. | a mumbled or muttered complaint | [medicine] any abnormal sound heard by ... (23 of 72 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

murmur [entry 1]

to speak or say very quietly (6 of 37 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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murmur [entry 2]

to complain about something that you disagree with or dislike, but not in a public way (16 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/murmur 2

murmur [entry 3]

the sound of something being said very quietly | [singular] a soft continuous sound (13 of 40 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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murmur [entry 4]

a complaint which is expressed privately (6 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Encarta Dictionary:

murmur | murmurs [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmuring [present participle]

a continuous low sound, often one that seems to be coming from some distance away | something said that is either very quiet or sounds indistinct | a ... (26 of 171 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Online Etymology:

murmur

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "expression of discontent by grumbling", from Old French murmure (12th century), noun of action from murmurer, from Latin ... (21 of 68 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

murmur

Origin: Middle English murmure from Old French from Latin, a murmur, roar, muttering from Indo-European echoic base *mormor-, *murmur- ... (18 of 23 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

murmur | murmurs [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmuring [present participle]

Origin: Middle English murmur, murmor, murmour, from Old French murmure (modern French murmure), from Latin murmur ("murmur, humming, muttering, roaring, growling, rushing etc.").

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Oxford Dictionary:

murmur | murmur against

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French murmure, from murmurer "to murmur", from Latin murmurare, from murmur "a murmur"

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Collins Dictionary:

murmur

First use: 14th century

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

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American Heritage Dictionary:

murmur | murmured [past tense] | murmuring [present participle] | murmurs [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English murmure, from Old French, from Latin murmur, a humming, roaring, of imitative origin.

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Merriam-Webster:

murmur [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English murmure, from Anglo-French disturbance, from Latin murmur murmur, roar, of imitative origin

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Encarta Dictionary:

murmur | murmurs [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmuring [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin murmurare

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Audio references

Wiktionary:

murmur | murmurs [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmuring [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "murmur"

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Collins Dictionary:

murmur

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

murmur [noun] | murmurs [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "murmur"

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murmur | murmuring [singular] | murmurings [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmurs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "murmur"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

murmur [noun] | murmurs [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "murmur"

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murmur | murmuring [singular] | murmurings [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmurs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "murmur"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

murmur [entry 3]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "murmur"

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the Free Dictionary:

murmur

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Google Dictionary:

murmur | murmurs [plural] | murmured [past tense] | murmuring [present participle]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

murmur

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YourDictionary Audio:

murmur

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freedictionary.org:

Murmur

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