To mutter is to speak or chatter in a low voice or under your breath in a way that is hard to hear, or to spread rumors, or speak about someone unofficially.verb
- When you complain quietly under your breath, this is an example of a time when you mutter.
- When you spread a rumor about someone, this is an example of a time when you mutter about the person.
- to speak in low, indistinct tones without much movement of the lips, as in complaining or in speaking to oneself
- to complain or grumble
- to make a low, rumbling, threatening sound, as thunder
Origin: ME moteren, akin to Ger muttern, ult. < IE echoic base *mu- (see mope) > L muttire
- the act of muttering
- something muttered; esp., a complaint or grumble
- mutterer noun
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verb mut·tered, mut·ter·ing, mut·ters verb, intransitive
- To speak indistinctly in low tones.
- To complain or grumble morosely.
Origin: Middle English muttren, possibly from Latin muttīre.
- mutˈter·er noun