Mut·ter v. i. [imp. & p. p. Muttered p. pr. & vb. n. Muttering.]
1. To utter words indistinctly or with a low voice and lips partly closed; esp., to utter indistinct complaints or angry expressions; to grumble; to growl.
Wizards that peep, and that mutter. --Is. viii. 19.
Meantime your filthy foreigner will stare,
And mutter to himself. --Dryden.
2. To sound with a low, rumbling noise.
Thick lightnings flash, the muttering thunder rolls. --Pope.
Mut·ter, v. t. To utter with imperfect articulations, or with a low voice; as, to mutter threats.
Mut·ter, n. Repressed or obscure utterance.
n 1: a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by
movement of the lips without the production of
articulate speech [syn: muttering, murmur, murmuring,
2: a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone [syn: grumble,
grumbling, murmur, murmuring, muttering]
v 1: talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice [syn: mumble, maunder,
2: make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath; "she
grumbles when she feels overworked" [syn: murmur, grumble,