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English noun: murmur

1. murmur (event) a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech

Synonymsmurmuration, murmuring, mussitation, mutter, muttering

Broader (hypernym)sound

2. murmur (communication) a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant

Synonymsmurmur vowel

Broader (hypernym)schwa, shwa

3. murmur (state) an abnormal sound of the heart; sometimes a sign of abnormal function of the heart valves

Synonymscardiac murmur, heart murmur

Broader (hypernym)symptom

Narrower (hyponym)systolic murmur

4. murmur (communication) a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone

Synonymsgrumble, grumbling, murmuring, mutter, muttering

Broader (hypernym)complaint

English verb: murmur

1. murmur (communication) speak softly or indistinctly

SamplesShe murmured softly to the baby in her arms.

ExamplesSam and Sue murmur

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Narrower (hyponym)coo, susurrate

2. murmur (communication) make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath

SamplesShe grumbles when she feels overworked.

Synonymscroak, gnarl, grumble, mutter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off

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