mutter

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See also: Mutter and Mütter

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Noun[edit]

mutter (plural mutters)

  1. A repressed or obscure utterance; an instance of muttering.
    The prisoners were docile, and accepted their lot with barely a mutter.
  2. (in Indian restaurants) peas

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mutter (third-person singular simple present mutters, present participle muttering, simple past and past participle muttered)

  1. To utter words, especially complaints or angry expressions, indistinctly or with a low voice and lips partly closed; to say under one's breath.
    You could hear the students mutter as they were served sodden spaghetti, yet again, in the cafeteria.
    The beggar muttered words of thanks, as passersby dropped coins in his cup.
    • 2012 June 28, Jamie Jackson, “Wimbledon 2012: Lukas Rosol shocked by miracle win over Rafael Nadal”, the Guardian:
      This set – the set of Rosol's life – was studded with aces and menacing ground-strokes that left Nadal an impotent spectator often muttering to himself and at the umpire regarding a perceived misdemeanour by his opponent.
  2. To speak softly and incoherently, or with imperfect articulations.
    The asylum inmate muttered some doggerel about chains and pains to himself, over and over.
    • Dryden
      Meantime your filthy foreigner will stare, / And mutter to himself.
  3. To make a sound with a low, rumbling noise.
    April could hear the delivery van's engine muttering in the driveway.
    • Alexander Pope
      Thick lightnings flash, the muttering thunder rolls.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Mutter (mother).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mɔtər/, [ˈmɔd̥ɐ] or IPA(key): /mutər/, [ˈmud̥ɐ]

Noun[edit]

mutter c (singular definite mutteren, not used in plural form)

  1. mommy, mummy, ma
  2. old woman
  3. missus

Norwegian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mutter m

  1. nut (for bolts)

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

mutter c

  1. a nut (for bolts)

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Noun[edit]

mutter n (uncountable)

  1. mutter; obscure utterance

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