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murmur

verb uk   /ˈmɜː.mər/ us    /ˈmɝː.mɚ/

murmur verb (SPEAK QUIETLY)

C2 [I or T] to speak or say something very quietly: [+ speech] "I love you," she murmured. He was murmuring to himself.humorous He murmured sweet nothings (= romantic talk) in her ear.

murmur verb (COMPLAIN)

[I] to complain about something that you disagree with or dislike, but not in a public way: They were murmuring about the boss's nephew getting the job.

murmur

noun uk   /ˈmɜː.mər/ us    /ˈmɝː.mɚ/

murmur noun (SOUND)

C2 [C] the sound of something being said very quietly: A murmur of agreement came from the crowd. [S] a soft continuous sound: The murmur of the waves on the beach lulled me to sleep.

murmur noun (COMPLAINT)

[C] a complaint that is expressed privately: After the report was published, there were murmurs of discontent round the office.
(Definition of murmur from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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