In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(speech)murmullo masculinesusurro masculineto speak in a murmur — hablar en voz baja / susurrando
- I don't want to hear a murmur out of you! — ¡no quiero oír ni un suspiro!
- murmurs of approval — murmullos de aprobación
- There was a general murmur of thanks and hope-she-gets-betters, and then, one by one, they all left the hall in hushed excitement.
- I let out a breath, along with a little murmur of thanks to whatever god might be up there.
- He has always answered questions slowly at a voice level hardly above a murmur and it is no different today.
- Because as soon as you step in, you become aware of a huge sea of noise stretching away before you: whispers, murmurs, bangs, shouts, swearing, poems, confessions, exhortations.
- He continues to explain himself in a murmur as the whole bank listens in.
- There were thousands of murmurs, all whispering: ‘What did he just say?’
- He asked quietly in almost a murmur, shifting only slightly in his seat so as not to disturb his precious burden.
- ‘I'll teach you,’ he kept muttering, though his murmurs were nearly indecipherable.
- Receiving only an inaudible murmur in response, he returned his attention to the occupied seats across the room.
- With a murmur of thanks he took it from me and began rapidly riffling through the pages until he came to ‘The Phoenix and the Turtle.’
1.2(of stream, wind) murmullo masculine literary(of traffic) rumor masculine
- Cath watched long enough that the sounds in the cafeteria became a distant murmur, a sort of background noise to her thoughts.
- The noises of the performance were now a distant murmur, but other than that it was completely silent.
- If you're looking for a glamorous night out, bathed in the glow of candlelight with the unassuming murmur of trip hop in the background, than you've come to the wrong place.
- Synths and strings melt together for a lush background murmur, behind the lean, precise jazz-pop song structures, all wrapped in thick, warm production.
- Snow-like petals carpeted the lawn, softening the sound of footsteps to a distant murmur.
- The whole medical section was silent for a moment save for the hum of equipment, then the background murmur started again.
- The pin-drop silence at the start gradually melted into a gentle background murmur, full of the sound of papers rustling, friends whispering and restless feet shuffling.
- The only sound was the soft murmur of the computers, the steady tick of the clock, and the somewhat less steady tapping of Pierson rhythmically belting his chair with his fingers.
- Flags flap briskly in a stiffening wind, providing the only sounds beyond the clicking of cameras and the distant murmur of cars making their slow, careful way to the site.
2heart murmursoplo cardíaco masculinesoplo en el corazón masculine
1(remark/name) murmurarhe murmured his agreement/disapproval — murmuró que aceptaba/que no estaba de acuerdo
- The voice murmured something and the door to their right opened.
- She paces the room with her baby close to her chest, murmuring quietly against her ear to pacify her.
- My cousin's wife sat in the corner, a daughter on either side, her arms around their shoulders, murmuring prayers softly.
- ‘I still haven't had the pleasure of knowing your name,’ she murmured in a husky voice.
- He murmured something softly, but I had already left the room.
- ‘And here is where the real war begins,’ she murmured, opening the drawer of her desk.
- I am so caught up in thinking about the stark contrast that I don't hear the voices murmuring softly behind the door.
- She buried her face into the curve of my neck and hugged me tightly, her soft voice murmuring that everything would be okay.
- He kisses me softly on the forehead and murmurs; ‘Let's go.’
- He groaned, and almost dreamily began to murmur to himself, ‘You'll show her.’
- A hand stroked my hair and the voice murmured reassurances.
- ‘We'll chuck your things in my room,’ Alex murmured as he began walking up the stairs to the second floor.
- ‘It's alright ’, she murmured, her voice strained and hollow, even to her.
- His face turned bright red as he began to murmur an answer while staring at her sheet.
- The other woman, her voice lower, murmured some words of consolation to her friend.
1(make gentle sound)(wind/stream) murmurar literary(stream/wind) susurrar literarythe child was murmuring in his sleep — el niño murmuraba algo en sueños
- The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander n abysses of solitude.
- The air was luminous; a faint south wind murmured in the pine tops.
- The audience was murmuring, but Gwion continued with his speech.
- The sea is remarkably beautiful, turquoise blue and fawn at times, it rages, murmurs, sighs and sings.
- If you listen long enough, you could swear you hear the trees talking, murmuring to themselves as they stand stoically in the teeth of the storm.
- You will have just the sound of the wilderness, the wind murmuring through the trees and the sound of your reel as another big fish bends your stick while you and other members of your family who fish enjoy some great sport.
- But the scribes and the Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’
- The murmurs against Bruno's physical and mental stamina had already begun.
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