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MURMUR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does murmur mean? 

MURMUR (noun)
  The noun MURMUR has 4 senses:

1. a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
2. a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant
3. an abnormal sound of the heart; sometimes a sign of abnormal function of the heart valves
4. a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone

  Familiarity information: MURMUR used as a noun is uncommon.


MURMUR (verb)
  The verb MURMUR has 2 senses:

1. speak softly or indistinctly
2. make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath

  Familiarity information: MURMUR used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MURMUR (noun)


Sense 1murmur [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

muttering; mutter; mussitation; murmuring; murmuration; murmur

Hypernyms ("murmur" is a kind of...):

sound (the sudden occurrence of an audible event)


Sense 2murmur [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

murmur vowel; murmur

Hypernyms ("murmur" is a kind of...):

schwa; shwa (a neutral middle vowel; occurs in unstressed syllables)


Sense 3murmur [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An abnormal sound of the heart; sometimes a sign of abnormal function of the heart valves

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

cardiac murmur; heart murmur; murmur

Hypernyms ("murmur" is a kind of...):

symptom ((medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "murmur"):

systolic murmur (a murmur heard during systole)


Sense 4murmur [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

muttering; mutter; murmuring; grumbling; grumble; murmur

Hypernyms ("murmur" is a kind of...):

complaint (an expression of grievance or resentment)


MURMUR (verb)


Sense 1murmur [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Speak softly or indistinctly

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

She murmured softly to the baby in her arms

Hypernyms (to "murmur" is one way to...):

mouth; speak; talk; utter; verbalise; verbalize (express in speech)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "murmur"):

coo (speak softly or lovingly)

susurrate (issue soft noises)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue murmur


Sense 2murmur [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

mutter; gnarl; grumble; murmur; croak

Context example:

she grumbles when she feels overworked

Hypernyms (to "murmur" is one way to...):

complain; kick; kvetch; plain; quetch; sound off (express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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