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

  • muttering — See: mutter …   English dictionary

  • muttering — noun 1. a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑mutter, ↑murmur, ↑murmuring, ↑murmuration, ↑mussitation • Derivationally related forms …   Useful english dictionary

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  • 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 — [[t]mʌ̱tə(r)[/t]] mutters, muttering, muttered VERB If you mutter, you speak very quietly so that you cannot easily be heard, often because you are complaining about something. [V with quote] God knows, she muttered, what s happening in that… …   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

  • murmuring — I noun 1. a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑mutter, ↑muttering, ↑murmur, ↑murmuration, ↑mussitation …   Useful english dictionary

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