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mutter

[muht-er] /ˈmʌt ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter words indistinctly or in a low tone, often as if talking to oneself; murmur.
2.
to complain murmuringly; grumble.
3.
to make a low, rumbling sound.
verb (used with object)
4.
to utter indistinctly or in a low tone:
to mutter complaints.
noun
5.
the act or utterance of a person who mutters.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English moteren, perhaps frequentative of moot1 (Old English mōtian to speak); see -er6
Related forms
mutterer, noun
mutteringly, adverb
unmuttered, adjective
unmuttering, adjective
unmutteringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See murmur.
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Examples from the web for muttered
  • As several deliveries drifted harmlessly down the leg-side, the crowd muttered its disapproval.
  • Of course, people forget what the dealer muttered as he handed over the keys.
  • Occasionally, the hush is broken by the thump of a fist and a muttered profanity.
  • Both are ugly phrases, normally muttered right before stealing someone's food.
  • Lee's body and muttered a quiet prayer and delicately touched his face.
  • Perhaps he'd nodded, perhaps said hello, perhaps muttered a word or two.
  • The blogger to my left muttered something about how far removed she'd been feeling from her meals lately.
  • They returned a few seconds later with a muttered apology.
  • More has been said, written, and muttered about the police than any other group of public servants.
  • Once during the coma he muttered a few words in tones so low that none at the bedside was able to understand them.
British Dictionary definitions for muttered

mutter

/ˈmʌtə/
verb
1.
to utter (something) in a low and indistinct tone
2.
(intransitive) to grumble or complain
3.
(intransitive) to make a low continuous murmuring sound
noun
4.
a muttered sound or complaint
Derived Forms
mutterer, noun
muttering, noun, adjective
mutteringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14 moteren; related to Norwegian (dialect) mutra, Old High German mutilōn; compare Old English mōtian to speak

Mutter

/ˈmʊtə/
noun
1.
Anne-Sophie. born 1963, German violinist
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Word Origin and History for muttered

mutter

v.

early 14c., moteren "to mumble," from a common PIE imitative *mut- "to grunt, mutter" (cf. Old Norse muðla "to murmur," Latin muttire "to mutter," Old High German mutilon "to murmur, mutter; to drizzle"), with frequentative suffix -er. Related: Muttered; muttering.

n.

1630s, from mutter (v.).

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