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1. A low, indistinct, continuous sound: spoke in a murmur; the murmur of the waves.
2. An indistinct, whispered, or confidential complaint; a mutter.
3. Medicine An abnormal sound, usually emanating from the heart, that sometimes indicates a diseased condition.
v. mur·mured, mur·mur·ing, mur·murs
1. To make a low, continuous, indistinct sound or succession of sounds.
2. To complain in low mumbling tones; grumble.
To say in a low indistinct voice; utter indistinctly: murmured his approval.

[Middle English murmure, from Old French, from Latin murmur, a humming, roaring, of imitative origin.]

mur′mur·er n.
mur′mur·ing·ly adv.
mur′mur·ous adj.
mur′mur·ous·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.murmuring - a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
2.murmuring - a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
complaint - an expression of grievance or resentment
Adj.1.murmuring - making a low continuous indistinct sound; "like murmuring waves"; "susurrant voices"
soft - (of sound) relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music"
تَمْتَمَه،غَمْغَمَه، هَمْهَمَه
muldrandi; suîandi


nMurmeln nt no pl; (of water, wind, leaves)Rauschen nt no pl; murmurings (of discontent)Unmutsäußerungen pl (→ from +gen); do I hear murmuring? asked the chairmanirgendwelche Unstimmigkeiten? fragte der Vorsitzende


(ˈməːmə) noun
a quiet, indistinct sound, eg that of running water or low voices. the murmur of the sea; There was a low murmur among the crowd.
to make such a sound. The child murmured (something) in his sleep.
ˈmurmuring adjective
References in classic literature ?
She was there, in the full vigour of her personality, battered but not diminished, looking at me, speaking to me in the husky, breathy voice I remembered so well.
associate professor of psychology at Albright College, said that the stereotyped low, breathy voice is considered sexual, and the ability may be due to culture and cuts across cultures and time.
Over finger snaps, her breathy voice builds to a full scream.
Results showed that male listeners preferred female voices with high pitch, breathy voice and wide formant spacing that correlated with a smaller body size, while females preferred to hear low-pitched male voices with low pitch and narrow formant spacing that suggested larger body size.
Sage's own elegant production and cautious breathy voice capture both the emotional damage and her determination to pull herself together in a set of thoughtfully tremulous tunes.
I have many tones and colours - the breathy voice, the whispy voice, the pop voice and high-pitched, turbopowered voice that is my trademark.
Hough is pleasant enough, although her breathy voice is underpowered.
We'll see a lot of people who have strained their voices through misuse or who may have a breathy voice because of vocal cord paralysis.
Dreamy and romantic, one can hear the love in her warm, breathy voice while the gifted singer and subtle and sparse arrangement give the telling words room to breathe and permeate one's mind.
Delilah's breathy voice, strangely echoing synth ripples and a stark feel gives it an unsettling aura.
Campbell's beguiling, breathy voice soaring on Saturday's Gone, while Lanegan's emotion-laden baritone on The Circus is Leaving Town proved one of the highlights of the set.
Brighton's Natasha Khan (for it is she) is the proud possessor of a beautiful breathy voice and a seductive knack for a song.