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murmur (complain)

Definition:

to make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath

Class:

communication verb (telling, asking, ordering, singing, etc.)

Related to:

murmurer | murmuring

Past tense:

murmured

Present participle:

murmuring

3rd-person singular present:

murmurs

Type of:

complain

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

They murmur.

Synonyms:

croak | gnarl | grumble | mutter | chunter [Britain, informal]

Etymology:

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

All senses of murmur...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

mutter | Mutter | Anne-Sophie Mutter [sense-specific] | mutterer [noun, derived]

to utter (something) in a low and indistinct tone | [intransitive] to grumble or complain | [intransitive] to make a low continuous murmuring sound | ... (22 of 422 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mutter

Merriam-Webster:

mutter | 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] | crab [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to utter sounds or words indistinctly or with a low voice and with the lips partly closed | to murmur complainingly or angrily; "grumble" | to utter ... (25 of 183 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mutter

Macmillan British Dictionary:

mutter | muttering [singular] | mutters [plural] | mutterings [plural] | muttered [past tense]

[intransitive/transitive] to talk in a quiet voice that is difficult to ... | [intransitive] to complain indirectly or unofficially (18 of 113 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/mutter

Oxford Dictionary:

mutter | mutterer [derived]

[reporting verb] : say something in a low or barely audible voice, especially in dissatisfaction or irritation | talk or grumble in secret or in ... (24 of 103 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/mutter

Wiktionary:

mutter | mutters [plural] | muttered [past tense] | muttering [present participle] | growl [synonym, sense-specific] | grumble [synonym, sense-specific] | mumble [synonym, sense-specific] | babble [synonym, sense-specific] | murmur [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

A repressed or obscure utterance; an instance of muttering. | [Indian restaurants] peas | To utter words, especially complaints or angry expressions, indistinctly or with a low voice and lips partly closed; to say under one's breath. | To speak softly... (38 of 83 words, 5 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mutter

New World Dictionary:

mutter | mutterer [noun, related]

to speak in low, indistinct tones without much movement of the lips, as in complaining or in speaking to oneself | to complain or grumble | to make a ... (27 of 78 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mutter

Cambridge Dictionary:

mutter [entry 1]

to speak quietly and in a low voice that is not easy to hear, often when you are worried or complaining about something (23 of 58 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mutter 1

mutter [entry 2, singular]

(the sound of) words being said very quietly (8 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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

mutter [entry 3]

a complaint which is made privately (6 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mutter 3

Random House Dictionary:

mutter

to utter words indistinctly or in a low tone, often as if talking to oneself; murmur. | to complain murmuringly; grumble. | to make a low, rumbling ... (25 of 56 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/mutter

American Heritage Dictionary:

mutter | muttered [past tense] | muttering [present participle] | mutters [3rd-person singular present] | mutterer [noun, related]

To speak indistinctly in low tones. | To complain or grumble morosely. | To utter or say in low indistinct tones. | A low grumble or indistinct ... (24 of 47 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mutter

Wikipedia:

Croak [disambiguation]

may refer to: The sound that some frogs make | Slang for die | Alex Croak, athlete | James Croak, visual artist | John Bernard Croak, soldier | All pages beginning with "Croak" | All pages with titles containing "Croak" | Croaker (disambiguation) |... (36 of 91 words, 9 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Croak

Britannica Encyclopedia:

grouse [bird family] | Lyrurus tetrix [species] | Bonasa umbellus [species] | Falcipennis canadensis [species] | Dendragapus obscurus [species] | Centrocercus urophasianus [species] | Tympanuchus phasianellus [species] | Tetrao urogallus [species]

any of a number of game birds in the family Tetraonidae. In addition to species called grouse, the group includes several birds known by particular ... (25 of 602 words, 6 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/247179​/grouse

Columbia Encyclopedia:

grouse | cock of the plains | prairie chicken | ptarmigan | ruffed grouse

common name for a game bird of the colder parts of the Northern Hemisphere. There are about 18 species. Grouse are henlike terrestrial birds, ... (24 of 291 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0821958​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

mutter | mutters [plural] | muttered [past tense] | muttering [present participle]

to speak or say something quietly and indistinctly | to say something in a quiet voice, especially as a complaint or in annoyance | an act of saying ... (26 of 86 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861632095​/definition​.html  [offline]

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)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=murmur

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)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/murmur

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.").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/murmur

Oxford Dictionary:

murmur | murmur against

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

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/murmur

Collins Dictionary:

murmur

First use: 14th century

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

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/murmur

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.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/murmur

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

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/murmur

Encarta Dictionary:

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

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin murmurare

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631949​/definition​.html  [offline]

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

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "murmur"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/murmur

Macmillan British Dictionary:

murmur [noun] | murmurs [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "murmur"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/murmur 10

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"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/murmur 10

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

Audio: North American pronunciation of "murmur"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/murmur

Cambridge Dictionary:

murmur [entry 3]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "murmur"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "murmur"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/murmur 3

the Free Dictionary:

murmur

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "murmur"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "murmur" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

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

Audio: English pronunciation of "murmur"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

murmur

Audio: North American pronunciation of "murmur"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=murmur​01 word=murmur

YourDictionary Audio:

murmur

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "murmur" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Murmur

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Murmur" by speech synthesizer

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