1 A low continuous background noise.
2 A softly spoken or almost inaudible utterance.
2.1 The quiet or subdued expression of a particular feeling by a group of people.
2.2 A rumour.
3 Medicine – A recurring sound heard in the heart through a stethoscope that is usually a sign of disease or damage.
1 reporting verb Say something in a low or indistinct voice.
2 no object Make a low continuous sound.

Late Middle English: from Old French murmure, from murmurer ‘to murmur’, from Latin murmurare, from murmur ‘a murmur’.


Sometimes a murmur
Sometimes a clamor
Often with bad grammar
Or even a hitching stammer.

It’s not quite like a hiss,
Something that I’d miss
No, more like an urge to piss
That’s the thing that’s this.

It’s impossible to ignore
Like a bedmate’s broken snore.
The result, your reading chore
With rhyme and beat galore.



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