Mutteringly

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Mutteringly With a low voice and indistinct articulation; in a muttering manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: After being forced to state in public that the earth does not rotate, Galileo is said to have muttered under his breath, "But it does move."
    • mutteringly In a muttering manner; without distinct articulation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Mutteringly in a muttering or grumbling manner: with indistinct articulation
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Quotations

  • Richard Dreyfuss
    Richard Dreyfuss
    “My worst fear is that I'll end up living in some run-down duplex on Wilshire wearing pants hiked up to my nipples and muttering under my breath.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. imit., like prov. Ger. mustern; L. muttīre.

Usage

In literature:

I muttered prayers that my strength might be aided from above.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
They followed his prayer with a confused muttering, through which burst here and there a giggle.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
Then she came on, muttering hotly, and together we approached the ranch house.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
At the sight he muttered a curse.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
In the aft turret of the Brigadier the British tars were sweating and muttering imprecations at their inability to put a shell aboard the enemy.
"The Boy Allies with the Victorious Fleets" by Robert L. Drake
The old fairy thought herself ill-used and muttered between her teeth.
"Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know" by Various
Miss Becky grew to muttering over her quilt, and making long pauses.
"Idle Hour Stories" by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
At times, too, he muttered noiselessly.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
He burst into her view with the fury of a beast, rending the wood away and trampling the underbrush, reeling and muttering until he saw her.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
Now and then the low mutter of the guns came, but it did not disturb him.
"The Hosts of the Air" by Joseph A. Altsheler
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In poetry:

And the spirits of those who were homing
Passed on, rushingly,
Like the Pentecost Wind;
And the whirr of their wayfaring thinned
And surceased on the sky, and but left in the gloaming
Sea-mutterings and me.
"The Souls Of The Slain." by Thomas Hardy
Was it but the muttering tide that by the wharf did go, —
Or the footsteps of a comrade out of long ago?
Did I hear the wave lap and the light wind sigh, —
Or the voices of my shipmates in the years gone by?
"The Old Fiddle" by Cicely Fox Smith
E'er since the chains were given at a stroke,
E'er since the dawn of Freedom's morning broke,
He has groaned, but scarcely uttered,
While his patient tongue ne'r muttered,
Though in agony he bore the galling yoke.
"The Black Sampson" by Josephine Delphine Henderson Heard
Nearer the muttering thunders roll,
Blacker and heavier frowns the sky,—
Yet our dauntless English soul
Faces the storm with a steady eye;
Hands are strong, where hearts are stout, Our rifles are ready — Look out!
"Defence Not Defiance (A Rifle Song)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
But the sky is clouding over; and the thunder's muttering loud,
And the cloud's are driving eastward o'er the plain,
And I see the lightning flashing from the edge of yon black cloud,
And I hear the gentle patter of the rain.
"Another Fall of Rain" by Anonymous Oceania
But, as he walked, King Arthur panted hard,
Like one that feels a nightmare on his bed
When all the house is mute. So sighed the King,
Muttering and murmuring at his ear, 'Quick, quick!
I fear it is too late, and I shall die.'
"The Passing Of Arthur" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

Charlayne Hunter-Gault conducts a conversation with Major General Carol Mutter , recently promoted to the highest rank of any woman in US military history.
Not With My Mutter You Don't.
Is the College of Physicians dulling the edge of its famously quirky Mutter Museum.
Maybe it was the cover photo on the last Mutter Museum calendar that sealed its fate.
'Ja, ja, ja,' he would mutter, nodding his heavy head, and holding the case before him as if it were a beloved portrait.
Find yourself muttering the "I'm mad as hell and not going to take it anymore" consumer mantra more often lately.
I don't know exactly,' muttered Janet, 'so I can't tell you'.
"Most dangerous driveway in the city," he muttered through teeth clenched around a smoldering pipe.
They take their hits, mutter a "no comment," then exact their political revenge at an opportune time later.
Other than a muttered "thank you" or two, Roky Erickson didn't speak a word to the audience at Union Transfer on Monday night.
The phone was missing the other day, which prompted my wife to stomp around the house lifting cushions and muttering about how "the kids keep leaving the phone off the hook.".
We may have demanding jobs, children, families and many other "important" things that hoover up all of our time, and before we know it, Christmas is looming once more and we're muttering about.
"It's a shame the Dodgers left Brooklyn," he muttered between band introductions.
) my black leather seat while the car temperature measured 112 degrees, I vowed (muttered?
Mel Gibson isn't denying that he muttered "a**hole" under his breath during a testy interview with Chicago entertainment reporter Dean Richards -- but his vulgar outburst wasn't directed at Richards.
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In science:

The shaman declares that he must consult with the wind spirits, and then spends a couple of minutes chanting and muttering.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
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