mutterings

mutterings

(ˈmʌtərɪŋz)
pl n
criticisms, complaints, or scepticism about someone's ability to do something
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The blackness of darkness reigned, the perfect stillness was interrupted only by occasional mutterings of distant thunder.
The movements and the mutterings which Anne had heard, had been movements and mutterings in his sleep.
He lay muttering incoherently some little time; then for a time he lay silent, and apparently sinking away toward death.
At last the Ox had to give up the hope of getting at the straw, and went away muttering:
Hardly had Boris gone than Sonya, flushed, in tears, and muttering angrily, came in at the other door.
The sea had gone down, and the wind was steady and kept the sails quiet; so that there was a great stillness in the ship, in which I made sure I heard the sound of muttering voices.
The speaker appeared to throw a boot-jack, or some such article, at the person he addressed, to rouse him from his slumbers: for the noise of a wooden body, falling violently, was heard; and then an indistinct muttering, as of a man between sleep and awake.
As he said this the Wizard advanced to the statue of Margolote and made a magic pass, at the same time muttering a magic word that none could hear distinctly.
She would, indeed, sometimes make a few observations, as that men were headstrong, and must have their own way, and would wish she had been blest with an independent fortune; but these were always vented in a low voice, and at the most amounted only to what is called muttering.
Says I, on second thoughts,"I guess I won't kick you, old fellow." "Wise Stubb," said he,"wise Stubb;" and kept muttering it all the time, a sort of eating of his own gums like a chimney hag.
That is what she did, and furthermore she left the room guiltily, muttering something about redding up the drawers.
Dull, low, rapidly muttering, it was unlike, shockingly unlike, the familiar voice of her aunt.