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mutter (v.)

early 14c., moteren "to mumble, utter words in a low tone with compressed lips," from a common PIE imitative *mut- "to grunt, mutter" (source also of Old Norse muðla "to murmur," Latin muttire "to mutter," Old High German mutilon "to murmur, mutter; to drizzle"), with frequentative suffix -er. Related: Muttered; muttering.

mutter (n.)

"a murmur or murmuring," 1630s, from mutter (v.).

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Definitions of mutter
1
mutter (v.)
talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice;
Synonyms: mumble / maunder / mussitate
mutter (v.)
make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath;
Synonyms: murmur / grumble / croak / gnarl
2
mutter (n.)
a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech;
Synonyms: muttering / murmur / murmuring / murmuration / mussitation
mutter (n.)
a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone;
Synonyms: grumble / grumbling / murmur / murmuring / muttering
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