Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. speech conducted in a hushed manner, akin to a whisper or a murmur.
  • n. A comatose patient's action of forming words with his lips without producing sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A speaking in a low tone; mumbling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mumbling or muttering.
  • n. In pathology, movement of the lips and tongue as in speaking, but without articulation: a sign of bad omen in disease.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech

Etymologies

Latin mussātĭo, ceasing to speak (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 315 Certain parts should be recited aloud (jahr) and others sotto voce (with mussitation = Khafi).

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Not conversation by any civilized standard, but a kind of a mussitation, the prisoner’s half-mime half-whisper, under the nodding eye of an orderly.

    At Swim, Two Boys

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