murmur

A murmur is a quiet, blurred sound often heard from a distance. It can be comforting when you're little to fall asleep listening to the murmur of your parents talking downstairs.

Murmur can also be a verb that means the same as mutter: you say something so quietly that your words can't be understood. You might be complaining about something — a murmur is often a sign that someone's not pleased. A heart murmur is an abnormal heart sound that can only be detected by a doctor with a stethoscope, it's so low and soft.

Primary Meanings of murmur

1.
nv
a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
speak softly or indistinctly
2.
n
a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant
Full Definitions of murmur
1

n a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech

Synonyms:
murmuration, murmuring, mussitation, mutter, muttering
Type of:
sound
the sudden occurrence of an audible event

n an abnormal sound of the heart; sometimes a sign of abnormal function of the heart valves

Synonyms:
cardiac murmur, heart murmur
Types:
systolic murmur
a murmur heard during systole
Type of:
symptom
(medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease

n a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone

Synonyms:
grumble, grumbling, murmuring, mutter, muttering
Type of:
complaint
an expression of grievance or resentment

v speak softly or indistinctly

“She murmured softly to the baby in her arms”
Types:
coo
speak softly or lovingly
susurrate
issue soft noises
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

v make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath

Synonyms:
croak, gnarl, grumble, mutter
Type of:
complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
2

n a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant

Synonyms:
murmur vowel
Type of:
schwa, shwa
a neutral middle vowel; occurs in unstressed syllables

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