Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant
  2. (noun, communication) a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
  3. (noun, event) a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
  4. (noun, state) an abnormal sound of the heart; sometimes a sign of abnormal function of the heart valves
  5. (verb, communication) make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
  6. (verb, communication) speak softly or indistinctly

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Origin of the word Murmur

  1. late 14c., "expression of discontent by grumbling," from O.Fr. murmure (12c.), noun of action from murmurer, from L. murmurare, from murmur (n.) "a hum, muttering, rushing," probably from a PIE reduplicative base *mor-mor, of imitative origin (cf. Skt. murmurah "crackling fire," Gk. mormyrein "to roar, boil," Lith. murmlentimore

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Words that sound like Murmur

marianne moore, marinara, mariner, marmara, marmora, mourner, murmurer, mya arenaria

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