Definition of muted in US English:

muted

adjective

  • 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.’
    • ‘If your doorbell is dirty, the ring usually sounds muffled or muted.’
    • ‘He knocked again and then heard a muted voice through the doorway.’
    • ‘There was always a slight murmur, like the muted buzz of wasps in their nest.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘A soft, muted noise at my back made me jump and turn around.’
    • ‘He bends to the right to reach for the water glass on his night stand and lets out a muted whine of terror.’
    • ‘There was a muted laughter from their direction that quieted only slightly as he neared.’
    • ‘Their voices are muted, but every so often, one of them will stop and point or make hand gestures while describing something.’
    • ‘The city was almost inaudible apart from the muted clang of the trams.’
    • ‘It was dead quiet, except for the muted voices coming from the gymnasium.’
    • ‘The muted voices he could suddenly pick up from the corridor sounded animated.’
    • ‘I awaken to the sound of muted footsteps across wooden floors.’
    • ‘His voice was muted - blanketed and swept away by the fog.’
    • ‘He sighs, the short sound close to the beginnings of muted laughter.’
    • ‘He stood there, still and quiet, as if taking in all the muted sounds.’
    • ‘‘I am sorry I have to do this to you,’ he heard her muted voice say tonelessly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The clash echoed around the alley, followed by a muted bang.’
    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.
      • ‘He sings it and throws it away as a party piece, with Wynton growling away on a rather intrusive muted trumpet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The former is a jazz march parody that layers high-pitched whistling flute over a muted trumpet and slow, rolling drum hits.’
      • ‘Quiet strings, piano and muted organ provide the background for the majority of the hushed tracks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You will hear the leader's muted trumpet with reed backing on the first chorus.’
      • ‘The bassoonist made the piece a thing of beauty, accompanied by the three harps and muted strings.’
      • ‘The brass and strings are muted, and the music hovers on the edge of inaudibility; there are no dynamic outbursts at all.’
      • ‘Langorous horns, ticking guitars and muted keyboards have been added, sketching out long, graceful arcs of melody over the bubbling rhythms.’
      • ‘Guitars are coated in reverb and delay, and in the distance muted drums pop and clunk along.’
      • ‘For example, ‘Lent’ is the song with the muted trumpet in the verse, some kickass beats and some freaky guitar work.’
      • ‘McDonald treats the song, bathed in gliding strings and muted horns, as an impressionist tone poem.’
      • ‘The sudden modulation brings a galaxy of woodwind delights against muted, pointed strings.’
      • ‘Elsewhere muted trumpets enter the mix evoking images of the American southwest.’
      • ‘‘Scarlet Woman’ steals in with a plangent sax call, muted desert drum and synthesized wind and slowly steals away again.’
      • ‘This stripped-down affair featured singer Kelly Jones on acoustic guitar, accompanied by piano, muted electric guitar and electric bass.’
      • ‘Pasted-in bursts of muted cymbal and guitar are stabbed and splashed against it.’
      • ‘Dressed with little more than the occasional industrial splurt, Maynard sings almost exclusively in hushed tones and the guitars are all but muted throughout.’
    2. 1.2 Not expressed strongly or openly.
      ‘muted anger’
      • ‘The opposition ranged from fierce anger to muted dissent.’
      • ‘That anger isn't going to go away, however muted or buried it may become.’
      • ‘She glared at him as she pulled down a coffee cup and slammed it down onto the counter with muted anger.’
      • ‘This is more an expression of muted anger.’
      • ‘But the resistance was weak, the outcry muffled, the outrage muted.’
      • ‘The band went along to some of the small pro-democracy rallies in the city, but opposition was muted.’
      • ‘Perceptions are muted and muddled, the passions cool, and thoughts drift to the dreary.’
      • ‘For me it wasn't that easy; my emotional outpouring was muted, or perhaps nonexistent.’
      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’
      • ‘Extroverts often prefer red and bright colors, while introverts opt for muted hues, such as blues and violets.’
      • ‘The dining room is filled with modern furniture, muted lighting and roomy booths, though the other tables are quite tight.’
      • ‘He added that the extension had been designed to ensure it was unobtrusive on the skyline, using muted colours and including landscaping.’
      • ‘The colours are bright yet muted, as often found in relatively low budget productions.’
      • ‘Her butterfly and figurative prints, with their muted colour palette, have a delicate vintage look.’
      • ‘Here's a corner that I liked because of the muted colours and textures.’
      • ‘That period of time between dusk and night creates some beautiful shapes and shadows as well as muted colours.’
      • ‘Seven weeks' hard labour, muted colours and Gustavian furniture have given this city flat a country air.’
      • ‘The muted colours come through clearly and crisply and the occasional uses of bright colours are faithfully rendered.’
      • ‘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 aquarelle painting on the wall and the muted lighting really make you feel at home.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As always I marvelled at the display of texture and muted colour that would humble the most dazzling painter.’
      • ‘Downstairs is dominated by a slick bar, muted colours, mismatched furniture and a dark slate floor.’
      • ‘Pashmina shawls are usually bright red, green, muted beige, or oatmeal in color.’
      • ‘I know it's a residential area, but I'd keep it tasteful, use muted colours and so forth.’
      • ‘Construction of the extension, which will be in muted colours and fully landscaped, will begin in late August, on completion of legal agreements.’
      • ‘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.’
      subdued, pastel, delicate, faded, dusty, subtle, toned down, understated, discreet, unobtrusive, restrained, low-key
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Pronunciation

muted

/ˈmyo͞odəd//ˈmjudəd/