Definition of susurration in English:


(also susurrus)


mass nounliterary
  • Whispering or rustling.

    ‘the susurration of the river’
    • ‘Niagara's recurring invocation of the sound of water, the susurration and crashing of the falls, brings Rhys consciously, at first inexplicably, to mind.’
    • ‘Something beautiful but so far away-like the music of a faraway violin or the susurration of a distant wave.’
    • ‘And there came, like the dry susurrus of wind before thunder peals and lightning, a great rustle of excitement.’
    • ‘It settled to the ground with a soft susurration like stirring leaves.’
    • ‘Dawn is diluting darkness from the sky and it's difficult to distinguish between the susurration of the surf and the swishing whisper of the casuarinas around us.’
    hum, humming, buzzing, murmur, drone, whir, whirring, fizz, fizzing, fuzz, hiss, singing, whisper
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Late Middle English: from late Latin susurratio(n-), from Latin susurrare ‘to murmur, hum’, from susurrus ‘whisper’.