murmuring

Do you hear that murmuring? Murmuring is a low sound that's one step above whispering. And anyone or anything that makes such a sound can also be described as murmuring, like the murmuring audience in the theater just before the play begins.

Some murmuring is discontented or complaining, similar to the word muttering: "Restless murmuring filled the room as the best man's wedding speech dragged on longer than anyone expected." We can trace murmuring all the way back to a root, mor-mor, that it shares with the Sanskrit murmurah, "crackling fire," and the Greek mormyrein, "to roar."

Definitions of murmuring
  1. adjective
    making a low continuous indistinct sound
    “like murmuring waves”
    synonyms: susurrant, whispering
    soft
    (of sound) relatively low in volume
  2. noun
    a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
    synonyms: murmur, murmuration, mussitation, mutter, muttering
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    type of:
    sound
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
  3. noun
    a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
    synonyms: grumble, grumbling, murmur, mutter, muttering
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    type of:
    complaint
    an expression of grievance or resentment
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