- to utter words indistinctly or in a low tone, often as if talking to oneself; murmur.
- to complain murmuringly; grumble.
- to make a low, rumbling sound.
- to utter indistinctly or in a low tone: to mutter complaints.
- the act or utterance of a person who mutters.
Origin of mutter
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Examples from the Web for muttering
For all we knew, she would be Jodie Foster in Nell, muttering chik-abee ta-ta een tha wayeen.The Monica Column You Least Expected
May 11, 2014
But all that ass-shaking as part of the showpersonship—mm, one could guess what the gospel maestro might be muttering.The Cradle of Jazz, Blues and Gospel Endlessly Rocking
April 25, 2014
Irritably, he complies, but when the stewardess moves on, he reclines the chair again, muttering balefully under his breath.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band
March 15, 2014
It filled my head, that muttering sound, like thick oily smoke from a fat-rendering vat or an odour of noisome decay.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
He started patting his .44 Magnum every once in a while and muttering, “Make my day.”The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
Uncle, after not looking at it a little while, divined its object, and muttering 'Dinner?Little Dorrit
And I left him, muttering maledictions against his evil angel.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
The man was muttering rapid fragments of words, and syllables.The Gentleman From Indiana
That was why she passed you muttering to herself and looking so angry.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
"You can't get away with it," Miro snarled, muttering a string of curses.Pirates of the Gorm
- to utter (something) in a low and indistinct tone
- (intr) to grumble or complain
- (intr) to make a low continuous murmuring sound
- a muttered sound or complaint
- Anne-Sophie. born 1963, German violinist
Word Origin and History for muttering
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.).