Murmur Mur"mur, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Murmured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Murmuring}.] [F. murmurer, L. murmurare, murmurari, fr. murmur murmur; cf. Gr. ? to roar and boil, said of water, Skr. marmara a rustling sound; prob. of imitative origin.] 1. To make a low continued noise, like the hum of bees, a stream of water, distant waves, or the wind in a forest. [1913 Webster]

They murmured as doth a swarm of bees. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To utter complaints in a low, half-articulated voice; to feel or express dissatisfaction or discontent; to grumble; -- often with at or against. ``His disciples murmured at it.'' --John vi. 61. [1913 Webster]

And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron. --Num. xiv. 2. [1913 Webster]

Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured. --1 Cor. x. 10. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Murmuring — Mur mur*ing, a. & n. Uttering murmurs; making low sounds; complaining. {Mur mur*ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • murmuring — (n.) late 14c., verbal noun from MURMUR (Cf. murmur) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • murmuring — un·murmuring; …   English syllables

  • murmuring — I noun 1. a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑mutter, ↑muttering, ↑murmur, ↑murmuration, ↑mussitation …   Useful english dictionary

  • Murmuring —    Of the Hebrews in the wilderness, called forth the displeasure of God, which was only averted by the earnest prayer of Moses (Num. 11:33, 34; 12; 14:27, 30, 31; 16:3; 21:4 6; Ps. 106:25). Forbidden by Paul (1 Cor. 10:10) …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • murmuring — Synonyms and related words: aspiration, bated breath, beef, beefing, bellyache, bellyaching, bitch, bitching, breath, breathy voice, complaining, complaint, complaintful, crabbing, crabby, cranky, croaking, destructive criticism, disappointed,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • murmuring — mur·mur || mÉœrmÉ™r / mɜːmÉ™ n. soft perpetual sound; continuous whisper, mutter; rustle; quiet grumble; recurrent abnormal sound of the heart v. make a soft perpetual sound; whisper continuously, mutter inarticulately; rustle; grumble under… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • murmuring — noun 1》 a low continuous sound. 2》 a subdued or private expression of discontent. Derivatives murmuringly adverb …   English new terms dictionary

  • murmuring — See: murmur …   English dictionary

  • murmuring —   Hamumu, hamumumu, nē, owē, hē, lau owe ha iha i. See complain …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

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