Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: murmure, from Latin murmur


2 noun
murmur2 [countable]
1C a soft low sound made by people speaking quietly or a long way away
murmur of
the murmur of voices in the other room
She replied in a low murmur.
murmur of agreement/surprise/regret etc (=one that expresses a particular feeling)
There was a murmur of agreement from the crowd.
2 a complaint, but not a strong or official complaint
murmur of
There have been murmurs of discontent over the new rules.

do something without a murmur

to do something without complaining, especially when this is surprising:
They signed the form without a murmur.
4DNC the soft low sound made by water, the wind etc:
the murmur of the little brook
5MIC heart murmur an unusual sound made by the heart, which shows that there may be something wrong with it

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