Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Abounding in murmurs or indistinct sounds; murmuring.
  • Exciting murmur or complaint.
  • Expressing itself in murmurs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Archaic or Poetic Attended with murmurs; exciting murmurs or complaint; murmuring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Low, indistinct (of a sound); reminiscent of a murmur.

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

  • adjective characterized by soft sounds

Etymologies

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murmur +‎ -ous

Examples

  • And presently the outer fringe of the Welsh camp became perceptible rather by the lingering intimations of humanity, the smoke of fires, the resinous odours of newly split wood in the lengths of stockade, even the mingled, murmurous sounds of such activity as persisted into the night, than by anything seen or clearly heard.

    His Disposition

  • But the dead only fed the living and each morning when the people woke it was to the scraping and beating of wings, the murmurous susurration, the awful cooing babble, and the sight, to those who still possessed intact windows, of the curious and gentle faces of those creatures.

    Excerpt: The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich

  • He watched the yellow cabs sink into soulful dusk, that particular spendthrift light that falls dyingly on Park Avenue in the hour before people take leave of the office and become husbands and wives again, or whatever people become in whatever murmurous words when evenings grow swift and whispered.

    Underworld

  • And his own mother, ghastly ill but here at last, murmurous, a strong and mortal presence in the house.

    Underworld

  • She rushes out to the van, wearing her retainer for spacy teeth, a thing she never wears in public, and they drive down past the Wall and into dark and empty streets and the van stalls out, doing a murmurous swoon, and they walk the last eleven blocks with Gracie carrying Mace and a cellular phone.

    Underworld

  • And his own mother, ghastly ill but here at last, murmurous, a strong and mortal presence in the house.

    Underworld

  • She rushes out to the van, wearing her retainer for spacy teeth, a thing she never wears in public, and they drive down past the Wall and into dark and empty streets and the van stalls out, doing a murmurous swoon, and they walk the last eleven blocks with Gracie carrying Mace and a cellular phone.

    Underworld

  • So he took the lute and swept the strings, and by Allah, I fancied they spoke in Arabic tongue, with a sweet and liquid and murmurous voice; then he began and sang these couplets,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • He watched the yellow cabs sink into soulful dusk, that particular spendthrift light that falls dyingly on Park Avenue in the hour before people take leave of the office and become husbands and wives again, or whatever people become in whatever murmurous words when evenings grow swift and whispered.

    Underworld

  • She rushes out to the van, wearing her retainer for spacy teeth, a thing she never wears in public, and they drive down past the Wall and into dark and empty streets and the van stalls out, doing a murmurous swoon, and they walk the last eleven blocks with Gracie carrying Mace and a cellular phone.

    Underworld

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