Definition of mutter in English:

mutter

Syllabification: mut·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈmətər
 
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verb

[reporting verb]
  • 1Say something in a low or barely audible voice, especially in dissatisfaction or irritation: [with object]: he muttered something under his breath [with direct speech]: “I knew she was a troublemaker,” Rebecca muttered [no object]: she muttered in annoyance as the keys slid from her fingers
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    • She replied so quietly that he could barely hear her voice muttering her name.
    • He was heard muttering in a barely audible voice.
    • As he leaves, he mutters something that was barely heard.
    Synonyms
    talk under one's breath, murmur, mumble, whisper, speak in an undertone
  • 1.1 [no object] Speak privately or unofficially about someone or something; spread rumors: when he disappeared, people began to mutter
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    • Still, it was easier to mutter in private and unsettle his wife with threats of going public than actually doing anything.
    • By 11, his colleagues had not arrived and several people began muttering over their absence.
    • The four friends and the men begin muttering, then asking us loudly why only she got the money, then arguing with her.
    Synonyms

noun

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  • A barely audible utterance, especially a dissatisfied or irritated one: a little mutter of disgust
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    • He spoke, his words rising over the mutters and squeals of the living victims.
    • Not a sound, not a mutter, not a murmur, not a syllable has passed through its member's lips, and those lips are being paid $100,000 a year for doing zilch - nothing.
    • It is a disgrace, and we will not - unlike other parties - sit here mute, without a syllable, a sound, a mutter, or a murmur, and put up with it.

Derivatives

mutterer

noun
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  • But the growth of this feeling of powerlessness has accelerated, and it's very discouraging: the more the mutterers repeat their mantra, the closer to reality does it become.
  • Pressing your ear to the speaker for a particularly quiet piece, you find yourself within kissing distance of his mutterers and monologists.
  • I wish I'd gotten him myself, but I forgive you - and it ought to put paid to the rest of the mutterers, don't you think?

mutteringly

adverb
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  • But, his thesping is not up to the character and the film weakens when he mutteringly emotes.
  • In Parr's days most of the lbw errors must have been mutteringly referred to as a fifty-fifty one as there was no stump vision to highlight just how bad the decision had been.
  • McGary mutteringly replied, ‘I'll see to that,’ and dismounting, entered the circle around the prisoners.

Origin

late Middle English: imitative; compare with German dialect muttern.

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