Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

mutter - definition and synonyms

 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb mutter pronunciation in British English /ˈmʌtə(r)/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theymutter
he/she/itmutters
present participlemuttering
past tensemuttered
past participlemuttered
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to talk in a quiet voice that is difficult to hear, especially because you are annoyed or embarrassed, or are talking to yourself
    He muttered an apology and then left.
    ‘That’s a matter of opinion,’ she muttered under her breath.
    mutter (something) about someone/something: Her husband muttered something about going out to find her.
    mutter to yourself: He turned and went upstairs, muttering to himself.
    Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to complain indirectly or unofficially
    mutter about: People began muttering about the unfair way he was being treated.
    Synonyms and related words

derived words

mutter

 mutter pronunciation in British English noun [countable]
Word Forms
Close
singularmutter
pluralmutters
Synonyms and related words

muttering

noun [countable/uncountable]
Word Forms
Close
singularmuttering
pluralmutterings
Synonyms and related words

JOMO

… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

Mardi Gras

shrove tuesday

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog