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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Example sentences
Bud is still muttering under his breath as you check him for injuries.
By that point, the chair was already muttering about not renewing his contract,
  long before any tenure decision.
After his release, the student seemed to be in shock, muttering that his life
  had been ruined.
He was found muttering incoherently in a gutter there, and admitted to the
  hospital where he died.
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