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murmur (complaint)

Definition:

a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

murmurs

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

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

All senses of murmur...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

muttering | mutter | mutterer [noun, derived]

the act or an instance of muttering, especially to complain about or criticize something | to utter (something) in a low and indistinct tone | ... (23 of 446 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

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

Oxford Dictionary:

muttering | mutterings | mutteringly [derived]

(usually "mutterings") | a privately expressed complaint or expression of dissatisfaction (10 of 40 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/muttering

Wiktionary:

muttering | mutterings [plural]

Present participle of mutter. | Something which is muttered | A rumour. (10 of 12 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/muttering

Macmillan British Dictionary:

grumble | grumbled [past tense] | grumbling [present participle] | grumbles [3rd-person singular present] | I mustn't/shouldn't grumble

[intransitive] to complain, especially continuously and about unimportant things ; [transitive] to say something in a complaining way | [intransitive] ... (19 of 121 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

New World Dictionary:

grumble | grumbled [past tense] | grumbling [present participle] | grumbler [noun, related] | grumblingly [adverb, related] | grumbly [adjective, related]

to make low, unintelligible sounds in the throat; growl | to mutter or mumble in discontent; complain in a surly or peevish manner | to rumble, as ... (25 of 67 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/grumble

Random House Dictionary:

grumble | grumbled [past tense] | grumbling [present participle] | grumbles [sense-specific]

to murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly. | to utter low, indistinct sounds; growl. | to rumble. | to express or utter with murmuring or ... (23 of 61 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/grumble

Wikipedia:

Breathy voice | murmured voice | soughing | susurration

a phonation in which the vocal cords vibrate, as they do in normal voicing, but are held further apart, so that a larger volume of air escapes between them. This produces an audible noise. A breathy-voiced phonation can sometimes be heard as an... (43 of 921 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Breathy voice

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

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

Britannica Encyclopedia:

complaint [American law]

in law, the plaintiff's initial pleading, corresponding to the libel in admiralty, the bill in equity, and the claim in civil law. The complaint, ... (24 of 128 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/129829​/complaint

complaint [literature] | plaint [synonym]

in literature, a formerly popular variety of poem that laments or protests unrequited love or tells of personal misfortune, misery, or injustice. ... (22 of 46 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/129831​/complaint

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"

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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"

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

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"

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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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murmuring

Audio: British English pronunciation of "murmuring"

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Google Dictionary:

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

Audio: English pronunciation of "murmur"

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murmuring | murmurings [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "murmuring"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

murmur

Audio: North American pronunciation of "murmur"

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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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