mutter

[muht-er]
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:
1325–75; Middle English moteren, perhaps frequentative of moot1 (Old English mōtian to speak); see -er6

mutterer, noun
mutteringly, adverb
unmuttered, adjective
unmuttering, adjective
unmutteringly, adverb


1. See murmur.
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mutter (ˈmʌtə)
 
vb
1.  to utter (something) in a low and indistinct tone
2.  (intr) to grumble or complain
3.  (intr) to make a low continuous murmuring sound
 
n
4.  a muttered sound or complaint
 
[C14 moteren; related to Norwegian (dialect) mutra, Old High German mutilōn; compare Old English mōtian to speak]
 
'mutterer
 
n
 
'muttering
 
n, —adj
 
'mutteringly
 
adv

Mutter (ˈmʊtə)
 
n
Anne-Sophie. born 1963, German violinist

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mutter
late 14c., from a common PIE imitative *mut- "to grunt, mutter" (cf. O.N. muðla "to murmur," L. muttire "to mutter"), with freq. suffix -er. Related: Muttered; muttering.
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mutter definition


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)

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Example sentences
Later you will mutter many words into your pillow, but those words will never come back to haunt you.
All of them were dumbfounded and couldn't mutter much of a response.
So much for green technology creating employment, mutter carmakers.
The chime of a high-priority email cut across the mutter of the television.
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