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06:43 Sep 5, 2008
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Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Music / humming
Spanish term or phrase: murmufear
I know this is not in la RAE, but it is in a Diccionario de Ideas Afines, under a "human sounds" category, under which there are many, many verbs to describe every sort of sounds humans make. Many of them are not in la RAE. Anyway, my question is this: could "murmufear" mean "(to) hum"? Or, maybe "mormullar" or "musitar"? I know that recently someone answered "tararear" for "hum", but "tararear" refers to the sound, "ta ra rá", which is not even close to the sound "mmmmm" that "hum" denotes. So, basically, I need a more precise term for "hum". Could it be "murmufear"?

Please help!
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Local time: 17:45

Summary of answers provided
3to murmur/mutter/utter
Erik Bry

Discussion entries: 8



8 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
to murmur/mutter/utter

...to grumble
What's the context?
English is precise at times.

murmur - 1)a half-suppressed or muttered complaint (grumble)
2)a low indistinct but often continuous sound b) a soft or gentle utterance
mutter - 1)to utter sounds or words indistinctly or with a low voice and with the lips partly closed 2)to murmur complainingly or angrily

Erik Bry
Local time: 18:45
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PRO pts in category: 4
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thank you for the quick response. There is no context. I just need to know how to properly say "(to) hum" in Spanish. But, you're saying that murmufear has nothing to do with hum...?

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