adjective, mut·er, mut·est.
verb (used with object), mut·ed, mut·ing.
Origin of mute
Antonyms for mute
Related Words for mutesilent, speechless, dampen, subdue, soften, tongue-tied, silenced, quiet, muffled, mum, aphasic, muzzle, lower, benumb, soft-pedal, reduce, hush, drown, gag, deaden
Examples from the Web for mute
Contemporary Examples of mute
Should Courage give up her war profiteering and settle down to run an honest pub—even if it means abandoning her mute girl?
The same thing happens when her mute daughter, the sweet Kattrin, is shot as she tries to warn a hamlet of impending slaughter.
I presume most Republicans will be clever enough to mute impeachment talk before November.The GOP’s Audacious Impeachment Spin Job
July 30, 2014
Kennedy proceeded on, having rendered Douglas mute as a result not of his position, but of his person.Michael Daly: My Last Day With JFK
November 11, 2013
The deaths of Lewis and Huxley were mute, private events, only reported in The Times three days later.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley
November 3, 2013
Historical Examples of mute
She could not be blind to the mute adoration of his gaze; nor could she resent it.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
It was hard to stand still and mute, and bear every thing, without reply.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Tom sat down, looking from one face to another, in mute surprise.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
A deaf person had heard, a mute had spoken, a consumptive had revived!
It was the mute, obstinate, eternal protest, and it was expectation also.
Word Origin for mute
Word Origin for mute
late 14c., mewet "silent," from Old French muet "dumb, mute" (12c.), diminutive of mut, mo, from Latin mutus "silent, speechless, dumb," probably from imitative base *meue- (cf. Sanskrit mukah "dumb," Greek myein "to be shut," of the mouth). Form assimilated in 16c. to Latin mutus.
1570s, "stage actor in a dumb show;" 1610s as "person who does not speak," from mute (adj.). Musical sense first recorded 1811 of stringed instruments, 1841, of horns.