Origin of muted
adjective, mut·er, mut·est.
verb (used with object), mut·ed, mut·ing.
Origin of mute
Antonyms for mute
Examples from the Web for muted
Contemporary Examples of muted
But the softness, the muted quality in turn became an aesthetic.Digging the Gold in Dylan’s ‘Basement’
November 5, 2014
When he accepted the prize, he delivered a speech that has been unfairly ignored because his delivery was so muted.Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece
October 16, 2014
But their voices were muted by hundreds of anti-war slogans.Thousands of Russians March to End the War in Ukraine—and Topple Putin
September 21, 2014
The easily concealable and muted weapon would allow him to sneak up on his victims and get away afterward to kill again.The Loser Who Wanted to Be the ISIS Agent Next Door
September 18, 2014
Within 10 seconds, his target vanishes in a muted cloud of smoke and rubble 7,000 miles away.Ethan Hawke's 'Good Kill': A Searing Indictment of America's Drone Warfare Obsession
September 6, 2014
Historical Examples of muted
For the time being, conscience was muted by gratified ambition.Within the Law
Then to his ears came the most welcome soft roar of muted rockets.Pirates of the Gorm
Muted cornets, banjos and saxophones were wailing out a tom-tom adagio.Erik Dorn
There was a peculiar, throaty quality in her voice, like a muted violin or 'cello.Master of the Vineyard
“You will not be lonely,” said the unfortunate man in a muted voice.The Man Who Lost Himself
H. De Vere Stacpoole
Word Origin for mute
Word Origin for mute
1861, in reference to musical instruments, past participle adjective from mute (v.). Figuratively by 1879. Of colors by 1939. Related: mutedness.
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.