Definition of mutter
1 : to utter sounds or words indistinctly or with a low voice and with the lips partly closed … he gestured and muttered furiously in his lawyer's ear. — Tana French
2 : to murmur complainingly or angrily : grumble Some employees muttered about the changes in the pension plan.
: to utter especially in a low or imperfectly articulated manner muttered an apology
muttererplay \-tər-ər\ noun
Examples of mutter in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of mutter from the Web
Addison (remember her?!) raises her hand to make a snide comment about Aria, Ezra, and Nicole, and then mutters something about Ali under her breath.
Gaze low, the boy muttered an acquiescence to give the test a try.
On Thursday, he was caught muttering under his breath to the crowd.
Several of Terry's relatives muttered comments as Swinton, using a cane, walked into the courtroom, unshackled, wearing an orange prison uniform.
The three-time major champion and current No. 1 player is known for muttering to himself and gesticulating, often while looking at coach Ivan Lendl and other members of his team.
Members of Thames family muttered a few words in the court room agreeing with Deen's interpretation of the feud.
Or maybe the name was inspired by someone muttering something about a load of bunkum.
Huey-You muttered with a grin, referring to the last one, an advanced physics course.
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Origin and Etymology of mutter
Middle English muteren, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
MUTTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mutter for English Language Learners
: to speak quietly so that it is difficult for other people to hear what you say
: to complain in a quiet or indirect way
MUTTER Defined for Kids
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