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mutter

[ muht-er ]
/ ˈmʌt ər /
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verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

to utter indistinctly or in a low tone: to mutter complaints.

noun

the act or utterance of a person who mutters.

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Origin of mutter

1325–75; Middle English moteren, perhaps frequentative of moot1 (Old English mōtian to speak); see -er6

synonym study for mutter

See murmur.

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British Dictionary definitions for mutter (1 of 2)

mutter
/ (ˈmʌtə) /

verb

to utter (something) in a low and indistinct tone
(intr) to grumble or complain
(intr) to make a low continuous murmuring sound

noun

a muttered sound or complaint

Derived forms of mutter

mutterer, nounmuttering, noun, adjectivemutteringly, adverb

Word Origin for mutter

C14 moteren; related to Norwegian (dialect) mutra, Old High German mutilōn; compare Old English mōtian to speak

British Dictionary definitions for mutter (2 of 2)

Mutter
/ (ˈmʊtə) /

noun

Anne-Sophie. born 1963, German violinist
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