Definition of murmur noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɜːmə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrmər//
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  1. 1[countable] a quietly spoken word or words She answered in a faint murmur. Murmurs of ‘Praise God’ went around the circle.
  2. 2[countable] (also murmurings [plural]) a quiet expression of feeling a murmur of agreement/approval/complaint He paid the extra cost without a murmur (= without complaining at all). polite murmurings of gratitude
  3. 3(also murmuring) [singular] a low continuous sound in the background the distant murmur of traffic
  4. 4 [countable] (medical) a faint sound in the chest, usually a sign of damage or disease in the heart a heart murmur
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French murmure, from murmurer ‘to murmur’, from Latin murmurare, from murmur ‘a murmur’.Extra examples A murmur of amusement ran round the room. A murmur of excitement rippled through the audience. He gave a little murmur of relief. He took the mug of coffee with a murmur of thanks. She answered in a low murmur. They did as they were told, without a murmur. a general murmur of assent a murmur of agreement/​approval/​complaint
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