muted

adjective

mut·​ed ˈmyü-təd How to pronounce muted (audio)
1
a
: being mute : silent
b
: toned down : low-key, subdued
2
: provided with or produced or modified by the use of a mute
mutedly adverb

Examples of muted in a Sentence

The artist chose colors that are dark and muted. the muted sound of a distant trumpet The government chose a more muted response to the threat. Their proposal has drawn a muted reaction from most observers.
Recent Examples on the Web Schafer’s gown, which featured a v-neckline and figure-flattering silhouette, was hand-painted in muted shades of blue, yellow and white. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 12 Apr. 2024 For a still warm, but slightly more muted and auburn-inspired shade—otherwise known as cowboy copper—Shvonne Perkins, master colorist and lead educator at Madison Reed, suggests asking for a golden, copper toner without a brown base. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 11 Apr. 2024 The Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Southern California are expected to be more muted, local leaders said, in light of the war in Gaza. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2024 This time around, the revisions were more muted: January’s net gain was revised up by 27,000 to 256,000 jobs, and February’s total was revised down by 5,000 to 270,000. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 The French foreign minister was standing beside Blinken at the time and expressly condemned the strike, but the secretary was much more muted. Shannon K. Crawford, ABC News, 5 Apr. 2024 The screen's colors are rather muted, and its top brightness isn’t impressive, though neither would prevent you from getting work done. PCMAG, 27 Mar. 2024 On the downside, the colors of this doormat are very muted. Lee Alisha Williams, Southern Living, 15 Mar. 2024 Clean, fresh, and minimal, whether A-listers went completely bare on the nails or wore a natural-looking polish (or in some cases, a French tip), the Oscar night manicures were ultra muted. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 11 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of muted was in 1855

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“Muted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muted. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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