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I'm looking for a word to describe the sound of a television in the background that the character has tuned out. The sentence I'm trying to put it in is "The television [Insert word here] in the background as..."

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    Perhaps murmur? Jun 18 '17 at 19:37
  • Or chattering (or nattering).
    – Dan Bron
    Jun 18 '17 at 20:01
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White noise

Although technically 'noise containing many frequencies with equal intensities,' it can also mean:

  1. A constant background noise; especially : one that drowns out other sounds
  2. Meaningless or distracting commotion, hubbub, or chatter

Merriam Webster

Either of which could suit your case, e.g.:

The television's white noise in the background was..."

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  • This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!
    – R. R
    Jun 18 '17 at 21:22
  • @R.R happy to help! Jun 18 '17 at 21:35
  • There is a serious flaw somewhere. This isn't the verb OP requests, but is the answer they seek. Jun 18 '17 at 21:43
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    "The television white noised in the background as..."?
    – Gnawme
    Jun 18 '17 at 22:14
  • I changed the sentence to fix it up as I couldn't find a verb that conveyed the intended meaning. I apologize for that. I'll edit the original post so it makes more sense
    – R. R
    Jun 19 '17 at 15:06

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