Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, mid-19th century
Whispering, or rustling.
Examples of Susurrus in a sentence
"The quiet susurrus of the wind is a soothing backdrop for reading."
"You could hear the susurrus of the audience before the curtain went up."
It's not technically an onomatopoeia (a word that resembles a sound, such as "plop" or "meow"), but it's pretty close. "Susurrus" means "a soft whisper or murmuring sound." It's what you hear when the wind blows through fall leaves or waves are crashing on the shore.
Did you Know?
In Latin, "susurrus" is a noun for a whisper, and "susurrare" is the verb for "to murmur or hum." In English, we've maintained "susurrus" as a noun for a whispering noise, but you might also see it as "susurration." We prefer to stick to the more poetic and original Latin spelling.