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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 of mutter
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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  • "I wonder where the boy keeps his money," he heard Graham mutter.

    The Young Adventurer Horatio Alger
  • I was near enough to hear him mutter: "How the devil comes this here?"

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • The world might mutter, but why should it be resented by the Emperor?

  • A shadow flitted in front of it, and he stopped to chuckle evilly and mutter.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • He continued to mutter and swear, but without coherence or distinctness.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • The thudding of hooves became a mutter and then a rumble and then a growl.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • There was no answer—just the hiss of wind-blown sand against the rock and the mutter of the car in the background.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for mutter

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 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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mutter in Technology


To quietly enter a command not meant for the ears, eyes, or fingers of ordinary mortals. Often used in "mutter an incantation".
See also wizard.
[Jargon File]
(1995-02-06)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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