Definition of murmuring in English:

murmuring

noun

  • 1mass noun A low or indistinct continuous sound.

    ‘the murmuring of the River Derwent’
    • ‘I don't know if Tony and Casey spoke but I did hear some murmuring before I fell asleep.’
    • ‘The director has over-dubbed the entire soundtrack and the dialogue is a studio-based whispery murmuring.’
    • ‘He pushed it and as he did, the murmuring stopped, the sound of chatter around him came to a dead silence.’
    • ‘Instead of using music, the scenes are accompanied by real sound: incomprehensible murmuring, shouts and cries.’
    • ‘I heard soft murmuring and Viktor spat into the basin, wiping away the blood from his lips.’
    • ‘Faint murmuring was heard and the smell of blood hung in the air.’
    • ‘Amid the low, astonished murmuring of the crowd she stepped forwards to face him.’
    • ‘Only slight murmuring could be heard from the spectators.’
    • ‘As soon as Rolan nodded a yes, Mrs. Snow dashed into an adjoining room; the cries ceased and soft murmuring could be heard.’
    • ‘Sounds of socializing: laughter and murmuring drifted up from downstairs.’
    • ‘She saw their lips move, and their gestures, and blurred details in their faces, but only faint murmuring of their low voices.’
    • ‘I can't hear a word clearly, can such murmuring be called a song?’
    • ‘The smell of smoke and burning paper hits me first, and then I can hear Bren's pleased murmuring.’
    • ‘The murmuring, fluttering sounds of the crowd echoed off the high ceilings and stone arches of the chapel.’
    • ‘From behind the door, could be heard the soft murmuring of voices.’
    • ‘Some murmuring continued, wondering the wisdom of bringing up the delicate issue so early.’
    • ‘He couldn't see anything, only heard the distant murmuring of the other people in the room.’
    • ‘I heard curses and a lot of murmuring from the other end.’
    reverberation, resonance, throbbing, throb, vibrating, pulsation, pulsing, rumbling, rumble, beating, beat, drumming, drum, thumping, thump, thrumming, thrum, pounding, pound, palpitating, palpitation
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  • 2usually murmuringsA subdued or private expression of discontent or dissatisfaction.

    ‘murmurings of discontent from the fans’
    • ‘Although the package was approved by the authority, there were still murmurings of discontent among union officials.’
    • ‘Privately, I've heard quite a bit of murmuring and muttering about the way this affects the day-to-day running of the club.’
    • ‘Admittedly, not everyone approved of the choice of act and there some murmurings of discontent and certainly a fair degree of surprise.’
    • ‘Before the end of the year there was a lot of murmuring about the holiday shopping season being subpar.’
    • ‘During the week there had been murmurings of discontent from some quarters.’
    • ‘The move has provoked public outcry from bar owners and thousands of waiters, dancers and bar girls, as well as disgruntled murmurings from late-night boozers.’
    • ‘Despite that awkward start with its murmurings of discontent, accompanied by a sharp sense of Namibian humour about some of the recycled ministers, Namibians continued to have, and demonstrate, faith in their new President.’
    • ‘Its long overdue, and there have been more than enough murmurings - among the vendors, analysts, and users - to justify such an activity.’
    • ‘The crowd grumbled, but oblivious to their disgruntled murmurings, Yahja hugged Yeshuah.’
    • ‘Wilde survived his first trial with a hung jury, but, amid much murmuring amongst those in high places was convicted in his second trial.’
    • ‘There has been an undercurrent of murmuring in some areas along the lines of ‘who'd have thought that he could do that, being blind and everything’.’
    • ‘I'd be deluding myself if I said that there were no bad points, but at least with these organisations there were never any murmurings about alleged corruption or being self serving.’
    • ‘When his bronze statue was erected, there were dark murmurings about why the great man had been planted with his back to the sea, a singularly inappropriate position for a noble Hawaiian waterman?’
    • ‘This prompted some murmurings of agreement but also hostility from several people.’
    • ‘There have been dark murmurings that all this is an ego-trip.’
    protesting, protestation, objection, exception, grievance, grumbling, carping, whining, moaning, muttering
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Pronunciation

murmuring

/ˈməːmərɪŋ/