murmuring


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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 ?
They were never out of the sound of some purling weir, whose buzz accompanied their own murmuring, while the beams of the sun, almost as horizontal as the mead itself, formed a pollen of radiance over the landscape.
Sounds hesitating and vague floated in the air round him, shaped themselves slowly into words; and at last flowed on gently in a murmuring stream of soft and monotonous sentences.
She was not in pain, but lay with closed eyes, vacantly murmuring, as one who dreams.
The grasses and breezes sounding and murmuring all round them, they never noticed that the swishing of the grasses grew louder and louder, and did not cease with the lapse of the breeze.
Half asleep, and murmuring broken words, they stood in the angle made by the bow of the boat.