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  • v. Present participle of murmur.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Uttering murmurs; making low sounds; complaining.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Making or consisting in a low continuous noise.
  • Uttering complaints in a low voice or sullen manner; grumbling; complaining: as, a person of a murmuring disposition.
  • n. A continuous murmur; a low confused noise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
  • adj. making a low continuous indistinct sound
  • n. a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone


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  • I wonder if my dying will be quiet, a lingering on to see that old friend the sun shining on a changeless world, to hear the rain murmuring on the last evening of my life?

    A Death in the Family « Unknowing

  • His own faith came from sunnier lands, and his romerías recall, rather, the splendid church pageants of Seville, Montserrat, and Loreto, or the autumn pilgrimage to Montevergine when Naples spills its vivid multitudes in murmuring thousands across the corn fields of Campania.

    Pilgrimage with La Virgen de Zapopan from "A House in the Sun" by Dane Chandos

  • Now that Villanueva is logging major minutes and simply getting it done, it's small consolation to recall that I was far from alone in murmuring, "What was that?" on draft day. - Fantasy Focus: Say hello to the 'Sorry' Six

  • The rest of the sentence like the rest of the article: "He also loves the people, saying ,'They're kind and they're gentle and they're modest and they're slow'" is standard travel-section cliché, but the word murmuring stands out: have you ever heard a fire murmur? MURMURING?

  • She has a certain versatility that enables her to use with effect a style of narration peculiar to herself, which may be called a murmuring of delicate emotional trifles, the particular gift of those to whom the social sympathies of a peaceful time are as daily food.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • There was a pause, whilst from afar came that strange low sound of thousands of men murmuring, which is so akin to the booming of the waves upon a rocky shore.

    "Unto Caesar"

  • Poluski's quip; but that fleeting glimpse had thrilled her with subtle recognition of something grasped yet elusive, of a knowledge that trembled on the lip of discovery, like a half remembered word murmuring in the brain but unable to make itself heard.

    A Son of the Immortals

  • As we listened, I recall murmuring something to the effect of, "It's the phrasing, isn't it?" only to have Tormé correct me. - News

  • Of course, given Labour's falling poll ratings, this kind of murmuring ishardly surprising.

    The bounce gives way to despair

  • Also on most of his detail: on the pace of An Cuimhin Leat an Oíche Úd; on the diagnosis of "murmuring" in the early invocation to the Virgin Mary; and on his remarkable statement that "even a reader who lacks Irish" might judge on the issue of "murmuring" between different versions.

    New Oxford Irish


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  • def#2 AHD "To complain in low mumbling tones; grumble"

    June 15, 2007