Definition of muted in English:



  • 1(of a sound or voice) quiet and soft.

    ‘they discussed the accident in muted voices’
    • ‘You can hear muted voices above you; there are people out there.’
    • ‘He stood there, still and quiet, as if taking in all the muted sounds.’
    • ‘He sighs, the short sound close to the beginnings of muted laughter.’
    • ‘The city was almost inaudible apart from the muted clang of the trams.’
    • ‘‘I am sorry I have to do this to you,’ he heard her muted voice say tonelessly.’
    • ‘There was a muted laughter from their direction that quieted only slightly as he neared.’
    • ‘The clash echoed around the alley, followed by a muted bang.’
    • ‘His voice was muted - blanketed and swept away by the fog.’
    • ‘He knocked again and then heard a muted voice through the doorway.’
    • ‘The muted voices he could suddenly pick up from the corridor sounded animated.’
    • ‘There was always a slight murmur, like the muted buzz of wasps in their nest.’
    • ‘I awaken to the sound of muted footsteps across wooden floors.’
    • ‘It was dead quiet, except for the muted voices coming from the gymnasium.’
    • ‘If your doorbell is dirty, the ring usually sounds muffled or muted.’
    • ‘A soft, muted noise at my back made me jump and turn around.’
    • ‘At last I heard the outer door open; felt a draught of air and heard muted footsteps crossing the soft carpet of the sitting room.’
    • ‘‘Must have gotten lost in the mail,’ she answered in a muted voice from behind the door she closed.’
    • ‘The days were getting shorter, I noticed, as my muted footsteps echoed in the hallways.’
    • ‘Their voices are muted, but every so often, one of them will stop and point or make hand gestures while describing something.’
    • ‘He bends to the right to reach for the water glass on his night stand and lets out a muted whine of terror.’
    soft, low, lowered, muffled, faint, indistinct, inaudible, dull
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    1. 1.1(of a musical instrument) having a muffled sound as a result of being fitted with a mute.
      • ‘The guitars are flat and muted, the vocals spare and disaffected, and the theatrical, climactic scream-along choruses are absent.’
      • ‘What comes, instead of the dials being turned up a notch or two, is that a muted trumpet joins in.’
      • ‘Langorous horns, ticking guitars and muted keyboards have been added, sketching out long, graceful arcs of melody over the bubbling rhythms.’
      • ‘Dressed with little more than the occasional industrial splurt, Maynard sings almost exclusively in hushed tones and the guitars are all but muted throughout.’
      • ‘This stripped-down affair featured singer Kelly Jones on acoustic guitar, accompanied by piano, muted electric guitar and electric bass.’
      • ‘The sudden modulation brings a galaxy of woodwind delights against muted, pointed strings.’
      • ‘There is something liberating in the familiar keyboard inflections, earnest handclaps and muted but driving drums.’
      • ‘Soft-toned trumpets and horns enter, menacing minor-key interchanges leading to high flute and muted trombones at the close.’
      • ‘Pasted-in bursts of muted cymbal and guitar are stabbed and splashed against it.’
      • ‘Guitars are coated in reverb and delay, and in the distance muted drums pop and clunk along.’
      • ‘You will hear the leader's muted trumpet with reed backing on the first chorus.’
      • ‘The former is a jazz march parody that layers high-pitched whistling flute over a muted trumpet and slow, rolling drum hits.’
      • ‘He sings it and throws it away as a party piece, with Wynton growling away on a rather intrusive muted trumpet.’
      • ‘‘Scarlet Woman’ steals in with a plangent sax call, muted desert drum and synthesized wind and slowly steals away again.’
      • ‘Elsewhere muted trumpets enter the mix evoking images of the American southwest.’
      • ‘The brass and strings are muted, and the music hovers on the edge of inaudibility; there are no dynamic outbursts at all.’
      • ‘McDonald treats the song, bathed in gliding strings and muted horns, as an impressionist tone poem.’
      • ‘For example, ‘Lent’ is the song with the muted trumpet in the verse, some kickass beats and some freaky guitar work.’
      • ‘The bassoonist made the piece a thing of beauty, accompanied by the three harps and muted strings.’
      • ‘Quiet strings, piano and muted organ provide the background for the majority of the hushed tracks.’
    2. 1.2Not expressed strongly or openly.
      ‘muted anger’
      • ‘Perceptions are muted and muddled, the passions cool, and thoughts drift to the dreary.’
      • ‘But the resistance was weak, the outcry muffled, the outrage muted.’
      • ‘This is more an expression of muted anger.’
      • ‘She glared at him as she pulled down a coffee cup and slammed it down onto the counter with muted anger.’
      • ‘The band went along to some of the small pro-democracy rallies in the city, but opposition was muted.’
      • ‘For me it wasn't that easy; my emotional outpouring was muted, or perhaps nonexistent.’
      • ‘The opposition ranged from fierce anger to muted dissent.’
      • ‘That anger isn't going to go away, however muted or buried it may become.’
      muffled, faint, indistinct, quiet, soft, softened, low, dull
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    3. 1.3(of color or lighting) not bright; subdued.
      ‘a dress in muted tones of powder blue and dusty pink’
      • ‘Pashmina shawls are usually bright red, green, muted beige, or oatmeal in color.’
      • ‘He added that the extension had been designed to ensure it was unobtrusive on the skyline, using muted colours and including landscaping.’
      • ‘That period of time between dusk and night creates some beautiful shapes and shadows as well as muted colours.’
      • ‘The colours are bright yet muted, as often found in relatively low budget productions.’
      • ‘Seven weeks' hard labour, muted colours and Gustavian furniture have given this city flat a country air.’
      • ‘Extroverts often prefer red and bright colors, while introverts opt for muted hues, such as blues and violets.’
      • ‘Downstairs is dominated by a slick bar, muted colours, mismatched furniture and a dark slate floor.’
      • ‘First there were a host of tiles, partitions and wall coverings to enhance the look of the room with splashes of bright colour, muted hues and soft lighting.’
      • ‘There are bolts of taupe fabric draped on the windows, and the lighting is muted.’
      • ‘The colours are muted so that the chocolates and greens sit perfectly with the faded pink and antique blue.’
      • ‘With muted lighting and comfy leather sofas it has its discreet corners but it's better to be out in the open for A-list celeb spotting.’
      • ‘Her butterfly and figurative prints, with their muted colour palette, have a delicate vintage look.’
      • ‘As always I marvelled at the display of texture and muted colour that would humble the most dazzling painter.’
      • ‘Construction of the extension, which will be in muted colours and fully landscaped, will begin in late August, on completion of legal agreements.’
      • ‘His style became less angular, tending towards graceful curves, and he used subtle muted colours, sometimes mixing sand with his paint to produce a textured effect.’
      • ‘The dining room is filled with modern furniture, muted lighting and roomy booths, though the other tables are quite tight.’
      • ‘The aquarelle painting on the wall and the muted lighting really make you feel at home.’
      • ‘Here's a corner that I liked because of the muted colours and textures.’
      • ‘The muted colours come through clearly and crisply and the occasional uses of bright colours are faithfully rendered.’
      • ‘I know it's a residential area, but I'd keep it tasteful, use muted colours and so forth.’
      subdued, pastel, delicate, faded, dusty, subtle, toned down, understated, discreet, unobtrusive, restrained, low-key
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