Definition of mutter in US English:

mutter

verb

  • 1reporting verb Say something in a low or barely audible voice, especially in dissatisfaction or irritation.

    with object ‘he muttered something under his breath’
    with direct speech ‘“I knew she was a troublemaker,” Rebecca muttered’
    no object ‘she muttered in annoyance as the keys slid from her fingers’
    • ‘The chef mutters something about being in shock.’
    • ‘He had barely muttered his problems, but the old lady had a keen sense of hearing.’
    • ‘The lights were still on at my house and I walked in, barely muttering a goodnight to him.’
    • ‘She replied so quietly that he could barely hear her voice muttering her name.’
    • ‘Without even having to strain his ears, he could overhear the girl muttering to herself in annoyance.’
    • ‘‘No,’ she mutters, her voice coming from directly over me.’
    • ‘Sometimes I'd hear a melodic fragment or a texture, or it might sound like voices muttering in an unintelligible language.’
    • ‘A few turned to stare as she stood there, green eyes blinking curiously, voices muttering.’
    • ‘‘Whatever,’ I mutter irritably, not bothering to hide my disapproval.’
    • ‘He managed to nudge his partner, and together they rose, muttering in tones of voice too low and quiet for her to hear.’
    • ‘As he leaves, he mutters something that was barely heard.’
    • ‘‘Finally they get what they deserve,’ I heard a voice behind me mutter.’
    • ‘He was heard muttering in a barely audible voice.’
    • ‘‘There is something you could do,’ Abe mutters in a low voice.’
    • ‘I follow sullenly, muttering something barely coherent, concerning lies and unfairness.’
    • ‘However, as soon as we heard Rosemary's voice I heard Danielle mutter a little ‘uh-oh.’’
    • ‘He found his voice and managed to mutter her name.’
    • ‘Alan barely had time to mutter a quick ‘Night’, before Jason was gone, leaving Alan more confused than ever.’
    • ‘The big woman knelt down and gathered up Rose's books, muttering apologies in a deep, quiet voice.’
    • ‘He could barely mutter back a response to any of my statements.’
    talk under one's breath, murmur, mumble, whisper, speak in an undertone, speak sotto voce, speak in hushed tones
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    1. 1.1no object Speak privately or unofficially about someone or something; spread rumors.
      ‘when he disappeared, people began to mutter’
      • ‘They began muttering, and he heard a chair scrape across the floor, followed quickly by three more.’
      • ‘By 11, his colleagues had not arrived and several people began muttering over their absence.’
      • ‘So he said no, privately muttering that his team shouldn't have to compromise to make up for the mistakes of others.’
      • ‘Still, it was easier to mutter in private and unsettle his wife with threats of going public than actually doing anything.’
      • ‘The people were beginning to mutter about the Empress' German origins.’
      • ‘The other Freelancers had all been watching avidly at this point, and all began to mutter to themselves.’
      • ‘His friend began muttering in German and what I possibly believe is that they were talking about me.’
      • ‘More cynical Ukrainians have already begun to mutter that all politicians are the same in the end.’
      • ‘The swordsmen began to mutter to each other, hoping their superiors wouldn't hear their complaints; they were bored too, but at least they weren't caged up.’
      • ‘The four friends and the men begin muttering, then asking us loudly why only she got the money, then arguing with her.’
      • ‘Passengers' eyes divert to Lauren and they begin to mutter incoherently about her.’
      • ‘Democrats mutter about the president's secret plan to transform homeland security into a flag-draped campaign issue.’
      • ‘When she motioned me over the kids began whispering, muttering that I must have been shoplifting or something.’
      • ‘People began muttering under their breath as the moments went by and no one saw any danger.’
      • ‘The men around him began to mutter worriedly - their morale was starting to decay.’
      grumble, moan, complain, grouse, carp, whine, bleat
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noun

  • A barely audible utterance, especially one expressing dissatisfaction or irritation.

    ‘a little mutter of disgust’
    • ‘‘Lewis,’ he said in a mutter, barely acknowledging my presence.’
    • ‘I heard both murmurs of approval and mutters of discontent.’
    • ‘I threw the rag down with a soft mutter of disgust, cradling my chin in my trembling hands, my breath coming in short, unhealthy spurts.’
    • ‘‘I'm an entertainer,’ he says, self-effacingly in a low mutter.’
    • ‘He spoke, his words rising over the mutters and squeals of the living victims.’
    • ‘The guy put his head down and stormed on, his vicious racist rantings now dimmed to a mutter, his hate-filled words completely stripped of any power.’
    • ‘An irritable mutter rippled about the round table.’
    • ‘But Woking, I'm sorry to say, seems to have accepted this slight without even the mildest mutter of protest.’
    • ‘And as usual there are mutters about making an American version.’
    • ‘I struggled down to pick them up, to a growing mutter of impatience from the people in the queue behind me.’
    • ‘With this knowledge in hand, I happily settled back on the bed as he drunkenly muttered his hypnotising mutters.’
    • ‘There is not a word, a syllable, a mutter or a sound now.’
    • ‘‘Hey you didn't have to watch,’ I tried to snap at him, but my words only came out as a mutter.’
    • ‘With a mutter or two the chap retreated into a sulk and decided to get on with his reading material.’
    • ‘I cannot hear a syllable or a sound, a mutter or a murmur.’
    • ‘Not a sound, not a mutter, not a murmur, not a syllable has passed through its member's lips, and those lips are being paid $100,000 a year for doing zilch - nothing.’
    • ‘A few mutters of agreements and echoes of his words followed the leader's voiced remark.’
    • ‘‘I got a room at the hotel,’ she said in a mutter, her words slurred.’
    • ‘It is a disgrace, and we will not - unlike other parties - sit here mute, without a syllable, a sound, a mutter, or a murmur, and put up with it.’
    • ‘At almost every other street, someone in the car mutters, ‘This used to be a good block.’’
    complaint, grumble, moan, mutter, murmur, grouse, objection, protest, protestation, outcry, demur, argument, remonstrance, remonstration, exception, grievance, cavil, quibble, word, sound
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Origin

Late Middle English: imitative; compare with German dialect muttern.

Pronunciation

mutter

/ˈmədər//ˈmədər/