from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To speak indistinctly in low tones.
- intransitive v. To complain or grumble morosely.
- transitive v. To utter or say in low indistinct tones.
- n. A low grumble or indistinct utterance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A repressed or obscure utterance; an instance of muttering.
- n. peas
- v. To utter words, especially complaints or angry expressions, indistinctly or with a low voice and lips partly closed; to say under one's breath.
- v. To speak softly and incoherently, or with imperfect articulations.
- v. To make a sound with a low, rumbling noise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Repressed or obscure utterance.
- intransitive v. To utter words indistinctly or with a low voice and lips partly closed; esp., to utter indistinct complaints or angry expressions; to grumble; to growl.
- intransitive v. To sound with a low, rumbling noise.
- transitive v. To utter with imperfect articulations, or with a low voice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter words in a low tone and with compressed lips, as in complaint or sullenness; murmur; grumble.
- To emit a low rumbling sound.
- To utter with imperfect articulation, or in a low murmuring tone.
- n. A murmur or murmuring; sullen or veiled utterance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
- n. a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
- n. a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
- v. make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
I don't think that what "W" has to mutter is worth much.
How can I parse this strange Arcadian Death, in mutter of oath, in rhyme of breath?
Can't remember, I'll have to check on that ... damn seive brain ... mutter mutter mutter ...
If the author didn't know what a stainless gentleman Mr. Red House is he would think he heard him mutter a word that gentlemen wouldn't say.
Even aloo mutter, which is made out of fresh peas, potatoes and tomatoes, is being dished out with dried green peas, fewer potatoes and practically no tomatoes.
Brook claims he meant to call Witkowski a "mutter," a somewhat less derogatory term.
But they all allow that Sutter had begun a kind of mutter, when uprose Mr. Cutter with a sickening kind of ease,
The hard mutter which is the subject of the next extract embodies a difficulty that has perplexed many.
Brook, 33, told police he sent 27-year-old Witkowski a joking text message containing the word "mutter," a local colloquialism for a person who behaves in an antisocial or vulgar manner.
Herbeck read the letter in part to the chief, who jotted down the words, repeating aloud in a kind of mutter: "A mountaineer, a vintner, a carter, a butcher, and a baker.
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