murmuring


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

mur·mur

 (mûr′mər)
n.
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
v.intr.
1. To make a low, continuous, indistinct sound or succession of sounds.
2. To complain in low mumbling tones; grumble.
v.tr.
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"
Translations
تَمْتَمَه،غَمْغَمَه، هَمْهَمَه
šumícízurčící
mumlende
morgó
muldrandi; suîandi
šumiacizurčiaci
mırıltılı

murmuring

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

murmur

(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.
verb
to make such a sound. The child murmured (something) in his sleep.
ˈmurmuring adjective
References in classic literature ?
But the instant she vanished, Meg began to sidle toward the door, murmuring.
I was walking about camp and, hearing you murmuring, I came to your tent.
They accepted without murmuring what she chose to give them, each holding out two chubby hands scoop-like, in the vain hope that they might be filled; and then away they went.
After allowing a moment of stillness to enforce his discipline, the voice of the singer was heard, in low, murmuring syllables, gradually stealing on the ear, until it filled the narrow vault with sounds rendered trebly thrilling by the feeble and tremulous utterance produced by his debility.
Lying thus, wide awake, she fell into a dreamy reminiscence of the past, hearing snatches of old melody in the moving pines, fragments of sentences, old words, and familiar epithets in the murmuring wind at her ear, and even the faint breath of long-forgotten kisses on her cheek.
Thus murmuring in an undertone, as if speaking rather to her own heart than to Phoebe, the old gentlewoman stepped on tiptoe about the room, making such arrangements as suggested themselves at the crisis.
Then God spake unto the fish; and from the shuddering cold and blackness of the sea, the whale came breeching up towards the warm and pleasant sun, and all the delights of air and earth; and"vomited out Jonah upon the dry land;" when the word of the Lord came a second time; and Jonah, bruised and beaten --his ears, like two sea-shells, still multitudinously murmuring of the ocean --Jonah did the Almighty's bidding.
It was like the murmuring of the bees in the spring, the whisperings of the forest; it suggested endless activity, the rumblings of a world in motion.