“So sad,” the former president of Pakistan muttered under his breath as he solemnly read the news from home.
“Nonsense,” muttered Hawberk, searching on the floor for a fallen rivet.
“Pretty big font; pretty big keg,” Gardner muttered, yielding his time after one final demand.
While Mahoney prayed, Rev. Rob Schenck turned his palms to the sky and muttered, “Yes” and “Have mercy” over and over.
“When his father asked him about the bag and its contents, [Jared] muttered something,” Nanos said.
She touched the cold forehead and muttered, "How chilly you are!"
"They'll have to stay and take chances with us," muttered Clif.
"I guess it's about time I made myself scarce," he muttered.
"Now, I wonder why Mrs. Green put me out of the farmhouse," he muttered.
“It wasn't so dreadful what I did,” she muttered, to reinstate herself.
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.
1630s, from mutter (v.).