Definition of murmuring in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈməːmərɪŋ/


1 [mass noun] A low or indistinct continuous sound: the murmuring of the River Derwent
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  • Amid the low, astonished murmuring of the crowd she stepped forwards to face him.
  • 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?
2 (usually murmurings) A subdued or private expression of discontent or dissatisfaction: murmurings of discontent from the fans
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  • 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.
  • Admittedly, not everyone approved of the choice of act and there some murmurings of discontent and certainly a fair degree of surprise.
  • Although the package was approved by the authority, there were still murmurings of discontent among union officials.



Pronunciation: /ˈməːmərɪŋli/
Example sentences
  • They kneeled in their seats praying murmuringly and praying silently and they watched while he took a small stack of paper-thick wafers on a glass plate and placed them under the altar, under the crucifix.
  • The high invisible powers who ruled the world of pleasure were moving at the behest of powers still higher than themselves; and the cloak-room attendants, in their frivolous tiny aprons, shared murmuringly behind plush portieres in the woe of the ladies with large hats.
  • But it was not till he arrived off the mouth of the Arahura river that he heard voices; he immediately landed, but could not discover his wives, being unable to recognize them in the enchanted stones which strewed the bed of the river, and over which its waters murmuringly flowed.

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