muttering


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mut·ter

 (mŭt′ər)
v. mut·tered, mut·ter·ing, mut·ters
v.intr.
1. To speak indistinctly in low tones.
2. To complain or grumble morosely.
v.tr.
To utter or say in low indistinct tones.
n.
A low grumble or indistinct utterance.

[Middle English muttren, possibly from Latin muttīre.]

mut′ter·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.muttering - a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
2.muttering - a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
complaint - an expression of grievance or resentment
Translations

muttering

n (= act)Gemurmel nt; (with discontent) → Murren nt; (= remark)Gemurmel nt no pl, → Meckerei f (inf)
References in classic literature ?
Porthos sucked his mustache, muttering, "A good deal of ceremony to-night about crushing an adder.
He stood quite silent, muttering softly to himself, his eyes fixed upon Trent.
The croon changed to a querulous muttering, and finally to an ugly growl.
Then his voice dropped once more into mutterings that I could not translate, but I had heard enough to cause me to guess a great deal more, and I thanked the kind Providence that had led me to this chamber at a time so filled with importance to Dejah Thoris and myself as this.
He uttered a low whistle and sauntered away to the window, where he stood for some minutes looking out upon the pleasing prospect of sullen grey clouds, streaming rain, soaking lawn, and dripping leafless trees, and muttering execrations on the weather, and then sat down to breakfast.
This man no longer condemned Bert, himself muttering vaguely of dynamite, end sabotage, and revolution.
We needed the money, we needed the money," he kept muttering, as he vainly tried to count the coins; and Saxon knew that his mind was wandering again.
His eyes closed, and he slept more soundly, though his muttering continued.
He bends down his ear, to listen to her mutterings.
MUTTERING Stag So Martin was either completely bladdered.
But Mr Hall added: "I don't want to sound like a grumpy old man, but I also think muttering is something we could have a look at.
Mr Gray's partner Lynda Bubb told the first day of the inquest in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire: "The doctor seemed a bit dithery, he was muttering to himself.