Irritably, he complies, but when the stewardess moves on, he reclines the chair again, muttering balefully under his breath.
But all that ass-shaking as part of the showpersonship—mm, one could guess what the gospel maestro might be muttering.
I went back to my typewriter (mechanical things we used to write on) muttering.
Nerds, by definition, are supposed to be muttering bitter observations in the background, not basking in the spotlight.
That said, Samuel Alito is my new mini-hero for muttering truth to power.
Hugh was still vainly trying to twist his wrist free and was muttering, "Leggo, leggo o' me."
They were silent, then there sounded the splash of water and they came, muttering.
She rose, muttering, from the table and proceeded to unlock a cupboard, from which she took a bottle of wine.
muttering thus wildly she made for the pond in the Pleasaunce.
But he heeded me not in the least only that he appeared to be muttering to himself.
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.).