[ mur-mer ]
/ ˈmɜr mər /


verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to sound by murmurs.
to utter in a low tone: He murmured a threat as he left the room.

Origin of murmur

1275–1325; (v.) Middle English murmuren < Latin murmurāre; (noun) Middle English < Latin


6 Murmur, mumble, mutter mean to make sounds that are not fully intelligible. To murmur is to utter sounds or words in a low, almost inaudible tone, as in expressing affection or dissatisfaction: to murmur disagreement. To mumble is to utter imperfect or inarticulate sounds with the mouth partly closed, so that the words can be distinguished only with difficulty: to mumble the answer to a question. To mutter is to utter words in a low, grumbling way, often voicing complaint or discontent, not meant to be fully audible: to mutter complaints.
7 grouse.


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British Dictionary definitions for murmur

/ (ˈmɜːmə) /


a continuous low indistinct sound, as of distant voices
an indistinct utterance a murmur of satisfaction
a complaint; grumble he made no murmur at my suggestion
med any abnormal soft blowing sound heard within the body, usually over the chest See also heart murmur

verb -murs, -muring or -mured

to utter (something) in a murmur
(intr) to complain in a murmur

Derived forms of murmur

murmurer, noun murmuring, noun, adjective murmuringly, adverb murmurous, adjective

Word Origin for murmur

C14: as n, from Latin murmur; vb via Old French murmurer from Latin murmurāre to rumble

Medical definitions for murmur

[ mûrmər ]


An abnormal sound heard on auscultation of the heart, lungs, or blood vessels.