Definition of mutter
- … he gestured and muttered furiously in his lawyer's ear.
- —Tana French
- Some employees muttered about the changes in the pension plan.
- muttered an apology
She angrily muttered something about her bad luck.
She sat practicing her speech, muttering to herself.
Some employees are muttering about the changes in the pension plan.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
beef, bellyache, bleat, carp, caterwaul, complain, crab, croak, fuss, gripe, grouch, grouse, growl, grumble, grump, holler, inveigh, kick, moan, murmur, nag, scream, squawk, squeal, wail, whimper, whine, yammer, yawp (or yaup), yowl;
kick up a fuss;
: to speak quietly so that it is difficult for other people to hear what you say
: to complain in a quiet or indirect way
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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