Definition of muttering in English:



usually mutterings
  • A privately expressed complaint or expression of dissatisfaction.

    ‘there were disloyal mutterings about his leadership’
    • ‘In Viking days, there were probably mutterings about how mean and amoral life had become, what with all that raping, pillaging and so forth.’
    • ‘When some local mothers got together to have a mass feeding session in the town centre, people walked past with furrowed brows and mutterings.’
    • ‘And there were mutterings over the sharing of facilities at the centre.’
    • ‘Lloyd met with gasps, mutterings and dismay - but there was nothing wrong with colour, he declared stoutly.’
    • ‘But there have been mutterings at technology gatherings about a lack of news about projects.’
    • ‘Privately he can hear the mutterings of disapproval and disappointment.’
    • ‘Concerns were first aroused following the mutterings that came out during the resignation of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.’
    • ‘There were angry mutterings from the public during the explanation of standard engineering contracts and procurement processes.’
    • ‘However, there has been a steady increase in mutinous mutterings from rail users' groups lately as well as from individual passengers.’
    • ‘There may be a cabal of disgruntled former ministers on Labour's back benches, but they have largely kept their mutterings of discontent to themselves.’
    • ‘But there are mutterings from within over Labor's lack of policy and failure to attack the Government.’
    • ‘Last week, for the first time, open mutterings within his own ranks suggested that, if he does not exercise one of those options, the decision may be taken out of his hands.’
    • ‘Not a good time to be leader of the Conservatives, beset by challenges from without and mutterings from within.’
    complaint, grumble, objection, protest, protestation, grievance, moan, mutter, carping
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