- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈmʌtə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmʌtɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ʌtə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: mut‧ter
From Middle English muteren, moteren, of imitative origin. Compare Low German mustern, musseln (“to whisper”), German muttern (“to mutter; whisper”), Old Norse muðla (“to murmur”). Compare also Latin muttīre, mutīre.
mutter (plural mutters)
- A repressed or obscure utterance; an instance of muttering.
- The prisoners were docile, and accepted their lot with barely a mutter.
mutter (third-person singular simple present mutters, present participle muttering, simple past and past participle muttered)
- 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”, in 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.
- To speak softly and incoherently, or with imperfect articulations.
- The asylum inmate muttered some doggerel about chains and pains to himself, over and over.
- 1675, John Dryden, Aureng-zebe: A Tragedy. […], London: […] T[homas] N[ewcomb] for Henry Herringman, […], published 1676, →OCLC, (please specify the page number):
- Meantime your filthy foreigner will stare, / And mutter to himself.
- To make a sound with a low, rumbling noise.
- April could hear the delivery van's engine muttering in the driveway.
- 1715–1720, Homer; [Alexander] Pope, transl., “Book VIII”, in The Iliad of Homer, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: […] W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintott […], →OCLC:
- Thick lightnings flash, the muttering thunder rolls.
- (speak under one's breath): growl, grumble, mumble
- (speak incoherently): babble, mumble, murmur, ramble, stutter
- (make a low sound): growl, putter, rumble
- See also Thesaurus:mutter
- (Indian cuisine) Peas.
From German Mutter (“mother”).
mutter c (singular definite mutteren, not used in plural form)
- “mutter” in Den Danske Ordbog
From a Germanic language, compare Finnish mutteri.
mutter (genitive mutri, partitive mutrit)
- nut (that screws onto a bolt)
mutter m (definite singular mutteren, indefinite plural muttere or mutre or mutrer, definite plural mutterne or mutrene)
- “mutter” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
mutter m (definite singular mutteren, indefinite plural mutterar or mutrar, definite plural mutterane or mutrane)
- (hardware) a nut (for bolts)
- “mutter” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
From or at least cognate to German Mutter.
- a nut (for bolts)
|Declension of mutter|
mutter n (uncountable)
- mutter (muttering, utterances under one's breath, often angry)
|Declension of mutter|
- muttra (“to mutter”)
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