Definitions

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  • adv. With a muttering sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With a low voice and indistinct articulation; in a muttering manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a muttering manner; without distinct articulation.

Etymologies

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muttering +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Nine months later this baby is fully out, swaddled in awards and platinum albums and many, many tears, and it's been the guilty pleasure for millions: men, if caught watching it, will redden and switch to the donkey-porn channel; women will mutteringly insist they're just catching up on, like, who's pregnant and that, honest.

    Glee; Imagine; Storyville; Peckham Finishing School for Girls

  • My brother seemed ready to give a loose to his passion: My father put on the countenance which always portends a gathering storm: My uncles mutteringly whispered: And my sister aggravatingly held up her hands.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I said something mutteringly, and he vowed he would hear it.

    Pamela

  • In the entrance hall, the forty butlers are pouring rivers of champagne mutteringly identifying the vintage, as instructed and dispensing the fascinating canapés arranged on replica Royal Worcester and Chelsea serving dishes, each with a little porcelain Chinese person in the center playfully pointing to the food.

    Hound in the Left-hand Corner, The

  • A step approached her bed, she dared not move, she strove to calm her palpitations, which became more violent, when she heard her mother say mutteringly, “Pretty simpleton, little do you think that your game is already at an end for ever.”

    The Last Man

  • Another story we have of her; "Berurea found a certain scholar reading mutteringly, and spurned at him," &c.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • All on board was settling down into Yangtze fashion, and the barbaric human clamor of our trackers, which now mutteringly died away, was suddenly taken up, as above recorded, and all unexpectedly answered by a grander uproar -- a deep threatening boom of far-off thunder.

    Across China on Foot

  • "Bring him along?" mutteringly echoed the blankbrained Link.

    His Dog

  • "PARIS -- for just one month!" he repeated, with infinite wistfulness, and then realizing what an old, old cry it was with him, he shook his head, impatiently sniffing out a laugh at himself, rose and went pottering about among the canvases, returning their faces to the wall, and railing at them mutteringly.

    The Conquest of Canaan

  • ` ` Paris -- for just one month! '' he repeated, with infinite wistfulness, and then realizing what an old, old cry it was with him, he shook his head, impatiently sniffing out a laugh at himself, rose and went pottering about among the canvases, returning their faces to the wall, and railing at them mutteringly.

    The Conquest of Canaan

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