Murmur - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈmɜːrmər|  American pronunciation of the word murmur
Brit.  |ˈməːmə|  British pronunciation of the word murmur


- a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech (syn: murmuration, murmuring, mussitation, mutter, muttering)
- a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant
- an abnormal sound of the heart; sometimes a sign of abnormal function of the heart valves
- a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone (syn: grumble, grumbling, murmuring, mutter, muttering)


- speak softly or indistinctly
- make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath (syn: croak, gnarl, grumble, mutter)


The suggestion brought murmurs of disapproval.

He spoke in a murmur.

They spoke to each other in murmurs.

the murmur of the waves along the shore

He murmured something about having to get home.

“Thank you,” she murmured as she left the room.

The breeze murmured in the pines.

The people are beginning to murmur against this additional rise in their taxes.

'Well done,' murmured George.

The girl murmured something polite, and smiled.

Julie turned over and murmured in her sleep.

The wind murmured through the trees.

She replied in a low murmur.

There was a murmur of agreement from the crowd.

There have been murmurs of discontent over the new rules.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: murmur
he/she/it: murmurs
present participle: murmuring
past tense: murmured
past participle: murmured
singular: murmur
plural: murmurs
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