- 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
Synonyms for mutterSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for mutteredmoan, growl, groan, whisper, snarl, murmur, sputter, complain, grouse, muddle, rumble, grouch, swallow, grunt, croak
Examples from the Web for muttered
Contemporary Examples of muttered
"That was crazy," Lynn Jenkins of Kansas muttered to another member as she walked to greet Boehner.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup
Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich
January 6, 2015
“Nonsense,” muttered Hawberk, searching on the floor for a fallen rivet.
“We are now in communication with ten thousand men,” he muttered.
“The scolloped tatters of the King in Yellow must hide Yhtill forever,” he muttered, but I do not believe Vance heard him.
And as I lay and tossed about, the voice in my ears seemed more distinct, and I began to understand the words he had muttered.
Historical Examples of muttered
“Not but what she would have royal example,” muttered Tibble aside.
"He must have stolen it," muttered Halbert, looking after Robert with disappointment and chagrin.
"Nothing but a half loaf, and that's dry enough," muttered the stranger.
“I hope he will yet give the mounseer a good shaking,” muttered Smallbones.
"A six-foot stave throws a twelve-foot shadow," he muttered.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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
Word Origin for mutter
- Anne-Sophie. born 1963, German violinist
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.).