murmur murmur  /ˈmɜr mər/


  1. (n) a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
  2. (n) a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant
  3. (n) an abnormal sound of the heart; sometimes a sign of abnormal function of the heart valves
  4. (n) a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
  5. (v) speak softly or indistinctly
  6. (v) make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath


  1. They can murmur sweet nothings and read your e-mails, too.
  2. Woodwinds murmur and percussion rattles portentously as the sun inches over the horizon.
  3. At last the motor cortege pulled up, and when the American woman in a black leather coat appeared, a murmur ran through the watchers.


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  1. JERUSALEM: In a gesture to Syria, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday said he is open to "any murmur of peace" from Israel's enemies.
    on Dec 28, 2006 By: Ehud Olmert Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Judge Bruno Tonioli said of Barnes's samba: "It was a murmur, it was casual, it didn't have the impact, the fun."
    on Nov 25, 2007 By: Bruno Tonioli Source: BBC News

  3. Writing about how much public support has helped him through his incarceration time, Polanski wrote, "I would like every one of them to know how heartening it is, when one is locked up in a cell, to hear this murmur of human voices and of solidarity...
    on Dec 28, 2009 By: Roman Polanski Source: Actress Archives

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