muttering

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n muttering a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
    • n muttering a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
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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."
    • n muttering The sound made by one who mutters; grumbling; mumbling: as, an angry muttering.
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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.”

Usage

In literature:

He muttered a wild, inarticulate confession.
"The Tysons" by May Sinclair
General Vaugirard began to whistle his mellowest and most musical tune, stopping only at times to mutter a few words under his breath.
"The Forest of Swords" by Joseph A. Altsheler
They looked to the window, and muttered among themselves.
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
He muttered an address to the driver and stepped heavily into the taxicab.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Lem Wacker rolled over, then sat up, rubbed his head in a half-dazed manner, and muttered in a silly, sheepish way.
"Bart Stirling's Road to Success" by Allen Chapman
Another word, and I'll give you cause for muttering.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
Some one in the bunkhouse muttered.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
A muttered consultation between Du Meresq and Lascelles alone broke the silence for some time.
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
It was further developed in his "Mutter und Koselieder" ("Mother's Songs and Games"), in which his first wife assisted him.
"Autobiography of Friedrich Froebel" by Friedrich Froebel
Occasionally he glanced out into the glare, blinking and muttering to himself.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
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In poetry:

And some that stole so soft on destiny
Methought they had surprised her to a smile;
But these fled frozen when she turned to see,
And moaned and muttered through my heart awhile.
"Moonrise Over Tyringham" by Edith Wharton
She mutter'd the spell of Swithin bold,
When his naked foot traced the midnight wold,
When he stopp'd the Hag as she rode the night,
And bade her descend, and her promise plight.
"St. Swithin's Chair" by Sir Walter Scott
'Twas in the ghostly month of grim December,
The frozen winds were bitter in their cry
And I muttered half aloud
To that white and silent crowd:
"'Tis a somber month to live in or to die."
"In Deeper Vein" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Francis, O Francis! league on league shall chase thee
The shadows hurrying grimly on thy flight—
Still with their icy arms they shall embrace thee,
And mutter thunder in thy dream's delight!
"The Infanticide" by Friedrich von Schiller
Grand old trees, the words ye mutter,
Nodding in the frosty wind,
Wake some thoughts I cannot utter,
But which haunt the heart and mind,
With a meaning, strange and deep,
As of visions seen in sleep.
"In The Winter Woods" by Frederick George Scott
The star of the Evening in brightness ascends,
And sweet is the breath of the wild-warbling grove,
With the Night-bird the stream its low muttering blends,
And each passing breeze seems to whisper of love.
"Disappointment" by Laura Sophia Temple

In news:

Scores of Allied pilots during World War I surely muttered, "Curse you, Red Baron".
Can the US take a big bite out of its greenhouse gas emissions without muttering the words climate change.
"So," the Uzbek consular official muttered as he inspected my visa application, "do you plan to visit any countries other than Uzbekistan on your journey.".
Quays Focus ' Weeping Glass' On The Mutter Museum.
And some of the old standards might be muttered right along with it.
You can almost hear the muttering among bankers about the tough-love they're going to face.
Two weeks ago the word around the Titans was that the worst was over, the storm had been weathered and a much brighter second half of the season loomed with words like "contender" muttered and "playoffs" whispered.
The teachers in my row muttered "… President … Dallas … Governor Connally …" and then came the announcement: "Please pray for the president, who is very ill.".
Among the dozens of you reading this are no doubt some who just slapped their foreheads, muttered "idiot," and grabbed a pen to fire off a letter pointing out that 1999 is not the last year of the millennium.
Anne-Sophie Mutter played five concertos with the BSO.
Johns Hopkins physician-researcher Nauder Faraday, MD, this week said out loud what I bet many quality chiefs have been saying about surgical site infections, perhaps in between muttered curses, for quite some time.
Samurai , as well as shogun, geisha and ninja, are words we Westerners mutter without much understanding of their cultural meaning.
MUTTerings With Nikki Moustaki I do know how controversial dog shows are – many people are adamantly against them, and some are against purebred dogs.
Have the parking situations in the City of Duluth had you muttering under your breath.
So, I'm sitting on press row at Comcast Center, covering my mouth and saying under my breath "what the hell is happening", except that I threw in a few popular four letter expletives while I was muttering to myself.
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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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