Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
  2. (noun, event) a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
  3. (verb, communication) make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
  4. (verb, communication) talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice

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Alternate forms of Mutter

Derivations: mutter, mutterer, muttering

Hypernyms: complain, complaint, kick, kvetch, mouth, plain, quetch, sound, sound off, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Origin of the word Mutter

  1. late 14c., from a common PIE imitative *mut- "to grunt, mutter" (cf. O.N. mu?la "to murmur," L. muttire "to mutter"), with freq. suffix -er. Related: Muttered; muttering. more

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