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NOUN (2)

1. a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech;
[syn: mutter, muttering, murmur, murmuring, murmuration, mussitation]

2. a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone;
[syn: grumble, grumbling, murmur, murmuring, mutter, muttering]


VERB (2)

1. talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice;
[syn: mumble, mutter, maunder, mussitate]

2. make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath;
- Example: "she grumbles when she feels overworked"
[syn: murmur, mutter, grumble, croak, gnarl]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mutter \Mut"ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Muttered; p. pr. & vb. n. Muttering.] [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. L. muttire, mutire.] 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. [1913 Webster] Wizards that peep, and that mutter. --Is. viii. 19. [1913 Webster] Meantime your filthy foreigner will stare, And mutter to himself. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To sound with a low, rumbling noise. [1913 Webster] Thick lightnings flash, the muttering thunder rolls. --Pope. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mutter \Mut"ter\, v. t. To utter with imperfect articulations, or with a low voice; as, to mutter threats. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mutter \Mut"ter\, n. Repressed or obscure utterance. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

mutter n 1: a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech [syn: mutter, muttering, murmur, murmuring, murmuration, mussitation] 2: a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone [syn: grumble, grumbling, murmur, murmuring, mutter, muttering] v 1: talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice [syn: mumble, mutter, maunder, mussitate] 2: make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath; "she grumbles when she feels overworked" [syn: murmur, mutter, grumble, croak, gnarl]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

135 Moby Thesaurus words for "mutter": air a grievance, aspirate, aspiration, bark, bated breath, bawl, beef, bellow, bellyache, bitch, blare, blat, blubber, boom, bray, breath, breathe, breathy voice, buzz, cackle, chant, chirp, clamor, complain, coo, crab, croak, crow, cry, dolorous tirade, drawl, drone, droning, exclaim, exhalation, flute, fret, fret and fume, fumble, fuss, gabble, gasp, gibber, gibbering, gripe, groan, grouch, grouse, growl, grumble, grunt, hiss, holler, howl, jabber, jeremiad, jibber, keen, kick, lament, lilt, little voice, lodge a complaint, low voice, maffle, maunder, maundering, moan, mouth, mouthing, muddle, mumble, mumbling, murmur, murmuration, murmuring, mussitate, muttering, outcry, pant, pipe, plaint, planctus, raise a howl, register a complaint, repine, roar, rumble, rumor, scold, scream, screech, shriek, sibilate, sigh, sing, snap, snarl, snort, sob, soft voice, sough, speak incoherently, splutter, sputter, squall, squawk, squeal, stage whisper, still small voice, susurrate, susurration, susurrus, swallow, take on, thunder, tirade, trumpet, twang, ululation, underbreath, undertone, wail, wail of woe, warble, whimper, whine, whisper, whispering, whistle, yap, yawp, yell, yelp, yowl
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

mutter vt. To quietly enter a command not meant for the ears, eyes, or fingers of ordinary mortals. Often used in ?mutter an incantation?. See also wizard . N
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

mutter To quietly enter a command not meant for the ears, eyes, or fingers of ordinary mortals. Often used in "mutter an incantation". See also wizard. [Jargon File] (1995-02-06)