Muttered
Mutter Mut"ter, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Muttered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Muttering}.] [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. L. muttire, mutire.] 1. To utter words indistinctly or with a low voice and lips partly closed; esp., to utter indistinct complaints or angry expressions; to grumble; to growl. [1913 Webster]

Wizards that peep, and that mutter. --Is. viii. 19. [1913 Webster]

Meantime your filthy foreigner will stare, And mutter to himself. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To sound with a low, rumbling noise. [1913 Webster]

Thick lightnings flash, the muttering thunder rolls. --Pope. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • muttered — mut·ter || mÊŒtÉ™(r) n. inarticulate soft speech, mumbling, grumbling v. utter soft inarticulate speech, mumble; grumble, complain quietly and incessantly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • muttered — …   Useful english dictionary

  • mutter */*/ — UK [ˈmʌtə(r)] / US [ˈmʌtər] verb Word forms mutter : present tense I/you/we/they mutter he/she/it mutters present participle muttering past tense muttered past participle muttered 1) [intransitive/transitive] to talk in a quiet voice that is… …   English dictionary

  • mutter — v. 1) (B) she muttered a few words to us 2) (D; intr.) to mutter about 3) (L; to) she muttered (to him) that she would catch up later * * * [ mʌtə] (B) she muttered a few words to us (D; intr.) to mutter about (L; to) she muttered (to him) that… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • mutter — 01. The young boy [muttered] angrily to himself when the teacher told him he had to stay after school. 02. She s a crazy old lady that [mutters] to herself and screams at shadows. 03. The old man was [muttering] to himself as he looked through… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • mutter — mut|ter [ˈmʌtə US ər] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from the sound] 1.) [I and T] to speak in a low voice, especially because you are annoyed about something, or you do not want people to hear you mutter to yourself ▪ I never want to come… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mutter — mut|ter [ mʌtər ] verb ** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to talk in a quiet voice that is difficult to hear, especially because you are annoyed or embarrassed, or are talking to yourself: He muttered an apology and then left. That s a matter of… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mut´ter|ing|ly — mut|ter «MUHT uhr», verb, noun. –v.t. to speak (words) low and indistinctly with lips partly closed; mumble: »The surgeon muttered his dissatisfaction (James Fenimore Cooper). SYNONYM(S): See syn. under murmur. (Cf. ↑murmur) –v.i. 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • mut´ter|er — mut|ter «MUHT uhr», verb, noun. –v.t. to speak (words) low and indistinctly with lips partly closed; mumble: »The surgeon muttered his dissatisfaction (James Fenimore Cooper). SYNONYM(S): See syn. under murmur. (Cf. ↑murmur) –v.i. 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • mut|ter — «MUHT uhr», verb, noun. –v.t. to speak (words) low and indistinctly with lips partly closed; mumble: »The surgeon muttered his dissatisfaction (James Fenimore Cooper). SYNONYM(S): See syn. under murmur. (Cf. ↑murmur) –v.i. 1 …   Useful english dictionary

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