mutter

[muht-er]

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.

Nearby words

  1. mutism,
  2. muton,
  3. mutsuhito,
  4. mutt,
  5. mutt and jeff,
  6. mutton,
  7. mutton bird,
  8. mutton chop,
  9. mutton corn,
  10. mutton snapper

Origin of mutter

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

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British Dictionary definitions for muttered

mutter

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 Formsmutterer, 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

Mutter

noun

Anne-Sophie. born 1963, German violinist
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Word Origin and History for muttered
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