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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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