mut|ter

mut|ter
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. to speak indistinctly and in a low voice, with the lips partly closed; mumble: »

He mutters of vengeance as he walks (Lord Dunsany).

SYNONYM(S): See syn. under murmur. (Cf.murmur)
2. to complain; grumble: »

The new soldier muttered about the Army food.

SYNONYM(S): See syn. under murmur. (Cf.murmur)
3. to make a low rumbling sound: »

We heard thunder muttering; a storm was coming on (Francis Parkman).

–n.
1. the act of muttering: »

What started as a mutter rose to a shout as the hungry workers surged forward.

2. muttered words: »

We heard a mutter of discontent.

[Middle English muteren; probably imitative. Compare dialectal German muttern.]
mut´ter|er, noun.
mut´ter|ing|ly, adverb.

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  • 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|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

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