- silent; refraining from speech or utterance.
- not emitting or having sound of any kind.
- incapable of speech; dumb.
- (of letters) silent; not pronounced.
- Law. (of a person who has been arraigned) making no plea or giving an irrelevant response when arraigned, or refusing to stand trial (used chiefly in the phrase to stand mute).
- Fox Hunting. (of a hound) hunting a line without giving tongue or cry.
- Offensive. a person incapable of speech.
- an actor whose part is confined to dumb show.
- Law. a person who stands mute when arraigned.
- Also called sordino. a mechanical device of various shapes and materials for muffling the tone of a musical instrument.
- Phonetics. a stop.
- British Obsolete. a hired mourner at a funeral; a professional mourner.
- to deaden or muffle the sound of.
- to reduce the intensity of (a color) by the addition of another color.
Origin of mute
Antonyms for mute
Related Words for mutersilent, 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 muter
Historical Examples of muter
This is then evaporated to a small bulk, placed in a Muter's graduated tube, and acidified with mineral acid.The Handbook of Soap Manufacture
W. H. Simmons
It troubled many more than King, but the members of the corps were muter than oysters.Stalky & Co.
Hir begegnet Christus seiner wirdigen lieben Muter die vor grossem hertzenleit anmechtig ward.The Story of Nuremberg
Never did muter silence fall upon a talking group, than the sight of this matchless chapel brought on us.Paris and the Parisians in 1835 (Vol. 2 of 2)
- not giving out sound or speech; silent
- unable to speak; dumb
- unspoken or unexpressedmute dislike
- law (of a person arraigned on indictment) refusing to answer a charge
- phonetics another word for plosive
- (of a letter in a word) silent
- a person who is unable to speak
- law a person who refuses to plead when arraigned on indictment for an offence
- any of various devices used to soften the tone of stringed or brass instruments
- phonetics a plosive consonant; stop
- a silent letter
- an actor in a dumb show
- a hired mourner at a funeral
- to reduce the volume of (a musical instrument) by means of a mute, soft pedal, etc
- to subdue the strength of (a colour, tone, lighting, etc)
Word Origin for mute
- (of birds) to discharge (faeces)
- birds' faeces
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.
- Unable or unwilling to speak.
- One who does not have the faculty of speech. No longer in technical use; considered offensive.