Middle English , murmur , murmor , from murmour Old French (modern French murmure ), from murmure Latin murmur ( “ murmur, humming, muttering, roaring, growling, rushing etc. ” ).
murmur ( plural ) murmurs
( countable ) Low or indistinct sounds or speech.
1874, Marcus Clarke, , chapter V:
For the Term of His Natural Life In the prison of the 'tween decks reigned a darkness pregnant with
murmurs. The sentry at the entrance to the hatchway was supposed to "prevent the prisoners from making a noise," but he put a very liberal interpretation upon the clause, and so long as the prisoners refrained from shouting, yelling, and fighting--eccentricities in which they sometimes indulged--he did not disturb them.
A murmur arose from the audience.
1960, P. G. Wodehouse, , chapter XI:
Jeeves in the Offing The moment had come for the honeyed word. I lowered my voice to a confidential
murmur, but on her inquiring if I had laryngitis raised it again.
( 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 voice; any expression of complaint or discontent
1919, Boris Sidis, :
The Source and Aim of Human Progress
In fear of disease and in the interest of his health man will be muzzled and masked like a vicious dog, and that without any murmur of complaint.
1960, P. G. Wodehouse, , chapter XX:
Jeeves in the Offing Glossop will return from his afternoon off to find the awful majesty of the Law waiting for him, complete with handcuffs. We can hardly expect him to accept an exemplary sentence without a
murmur, so his first move will be to establish his innocence by revealing all.
sound by turbulent flow of blood etc.
muttered complaint or protest
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Korean: 우물우물 (umurUmur) ( adverbial)
murmur ( third-person singular simple present , murmurs present participle , murmuring simple past and past participle ) murmured
( intransitive , now rare ) To grumble; to complain in a low, muttering voice, or express discontent or at someone or something. against [from 14th c.]
1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, John 6:41:
The Iewes then
murmured at him because he sayde: I am that breed which is come doune from heaven.
( intransitive ) To speak or make low, indistinguishable noise; to mumble, mutter. [from 14th c.]
I couldn't hear the words; he just murmured a lot.
The bees murmured in the forest. The waves murmured on the shore.
1922, Ben Travers, chapter 7, in : A Cuckoo in the Nest
“Oh yes,” he murmured in a tone of obligatory surprise, as he proceeded to make the kind of 2 which he attributed to Margaret's style of chirography.
( transitive ) To say (something) indistinctly, to mutter. [from 15th c.]
Derived terms Edit
to speak or make low, indistinguishable noise; to mumble
Further reading Edit
Proto-Indo-European , *mormur- *mur- ( “ to mutter ” ). Reduplication points to imitative, onomatopoeic origin. Cognate with Sanskrit मर्मर ( marmara, “ rustling sound, murmur ” ), Ancient Greek μορμύρω ( mormúrō, “ to roar, boil ” ), Lithuanian mùrmėti ( “ to mutter, murmur, babble ” ), Old High German , murmurōn murmulōn ( “ to mumble, murmur ” ), Old Norse murra ( “ to grumble, mumble ” ), Old Armenian մռմռամ ( mṙmṙam ).
murmur ( n genitive ); murmuris third declension
humming, roaring, growling, grumbling
Third declension neuter.