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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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  • Hugh was still vainly trying to twist his wrist free and was muttering, "Leggo, leggo o' me."

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • And I left him, muttering maledictions against his evil angel.

  • She rose, muttering, from the table and proceeded to unlock a cupboard, from which she took a bottle of wine.

    The Purple Land W. H. Hudson
  • That was why she passed you muttering to herself and looking so angry.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • But he heeded me not in the least only that he appeared to be muttering to himself.

    A Tale of the Kloster Brother Jabez
British Dictionary definitions for muttering

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 muttering

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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