mutter

verb mut·ter \ ˈmə-tər \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of mutter

intransitive verb
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.
transitive verb
:to utter especially in a low or imperfectly articulated manner
  • muttered an apology

mutter

noun

mutterer

play \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of mutter in a Sentence

  1. She angrily muttered something about her bad luck.

  2. She sat practicing her speech, muttering to herself.

  3. Some employees are muttering about the changes in the pension plan.

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Origin and Etymology of mutter

Middle English muteren, of imitative origin


MUTTER Defined for English Language Learners

mutter

verb

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

mutter

verb mut·ter \ ˈmə-tər \

Definition of mutter for Students

muttered; muttering
1 :to speak in a low voice with lips partly closed
  • He muttered an apology.
2 :to complain in a low voice :grumble
  • She muttered about the bad food.


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