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  1. of low intensity and reduced volume; softened: She spoke in muted tones.
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Origin of muted

First recorded in 1860–65; mute + -ed2
Related formsmut·ed·ly, adverbun·mut·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unmuted

Historical Examples

  • Now unmuted and unrestrained in conflict of crashing chords, the trumpet blows again the motto of the roving sea.

    Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies

    Philip H. Goepp

British Dictionary definitions for unmuted


  1. (of a sound or colour) softeneda muted pink shirt
  2. (of an emotion or action) subdued or restrainedhis response was muted
  3. (of a musical instrument) being played while fitted with a mutemuted trumpet
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Word Origin and History for unmuted



1861, in reference to musical instruments, past participle adjective from mute (v.). Figuratively by 1879. Of colors by 1939. Related: mutedness.

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