Mur·mur, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Murmured p. pr. & vb. n. Murmuring.]
1. To make a low continued noise, like the hum of bees, a stream of water, distant waves, or the wind in a forest.
They murmured as doth a swarm of bees. --Chaucer.
2. To utter complaints in a low, half-articulated voice; to feel or express dissatisfaction or discontent; to grumble; -- often with at or against. “His disciples murmured at it.”
And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron. --Num. xiv. 2.
Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured. --1 Cor. x. 10.
Mur·mur·ing, a. & n. Uttering murmurs; making low sounds; complaining. -- Mur*mur*ing*ly, adv.
adj : making a low continuous indistinct sound; "like murmuring
waves"; "susurrant voices" [syn: susurrant, whispering]
n 1: a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by
movement of the lips without the production of
articulate speech [syn: mutter, muttering, murmur,
2: a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone [syn: grumble,
grumbling, murmur, mutter, muttering]
of the Hebrews in the wilderness, called forth the displeasure
of God, which was only averted by the earnest prayer of Moses
(Num. 11:33, 34; 12; 14:27, 30, 31; 16:3; 21:4-6; Ps. 106:25).
Forbidden by Paul (1 Cor. 10:10).