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murmur (talk)

Definition:

to speak softly or indistinctly

Class:

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

Past tense:

murmured

Present participle:

murmuring

3rd-person singular present:

murmurs

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Examples:

coo | susurrate

Usage example:

She murmured softly to the baby in her arms

Etymology:

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

All senses of murmur...

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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)

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

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)

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

murmur [entry 4]

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

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/murmur 4

Britannica Encyclopedia:

mouth [anatomy] | Oral Cavity, or Buccal Cavity [synonym]

in human anatomy, orifice through which food and air enter the body. The mouth opens to the outside at the lips and empties into the throat at the ... (28 of 302 words, 2 images)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

mouth

entrance to the digestive and respiratory tracts. The mouth, or oral cavity, is ordinarily a simple opening in lower animals; in vertebrates it's a ... (24 of 183 words)

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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)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631949​/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)

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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

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "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"

Audio 2: North American 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]

Audio: English pronunciation of "murmur"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

murmur

Audio: North American pronunciation of "murmur"

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YourDictionary Audio:

murmur

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freedictionary.org:

Murmur

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