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Definitions for Mutter
ˈmʌt ərmut·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mutter, muttering, murmur, murmuring, murmuration, mussitationnoun

    a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech

  2. grumble, grumbling, murmur, murmuring, mutter, mutteringverb

    a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone

  3. mumble, mutter, maunder, mussitateverb

    talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice

  4. murmur, mutter, grumble, croak, gnarlverb

    make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath

    "she grumbles when she feels overworked"


  1. mutternoun

    A repressed or obscure utterance; an instance of muttering.

    The prisoners were docile, and accepted their lot with barely a mutter.

  2. mutternoun


  3. mutterverb

    To utter words, especially complaints or angry expressions, indistinctly or with a low voice and lips partly closed; to say under one's breath.

  4. mutterverb

    To speak softly and incoherently, or with imperfect articulations.

    The asylum inmate muttered some doggerel about chains and pains to himself, over and over.

  5. mutterverb

    To make a sound with a low, rumbling noise.

    April could hear the delivery van's engine muttering in the driveway near the kitchens.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mutternoun

    Murmur; obscure utterance.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Without his rod revers’d,
    And backward mutters of dissevering power,
    We cannot free the lady. John Milton.

  2. To Mutterverb

    To utter with imperfect articulation; to grumble forth.

    Amongst the soldiers this is muttered,
    That here you maintain sev’ral factions. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    A kind of men, so loose of soul,
    That in their sleep will mutter their affairs. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. Is. lix. 2.

    A hateful prattling tongue,
    That blows up jealousies, and heightens fears,
    By muttering pois’nous whispers in mens ears. Thomas Creech.

  3. To MUTTERverb

    To grumble; to murmur.

    Etymology: mutire, mussare, Latin.

    What would you ask me, that I would deny,
    Or stand so mutt’ring on? William Shakespeare, Othello.

    How! what does his cashier’d worship mutter? William Shakespeare.

    Sky lowr’d, and mutt’ring thunder some sad drops
    Wept, at completing of the mortal sin
    Original! John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.

    They may freely trespass, and do as they please; no man dare accuse them, no, not so much as mutter against them. Robert Burton, on Melancholy.

    Bold Britons, at a brave bear-garden fray,
    Are rous’d; and clatt’ring sticks cry, play, play, play:
    Mean time your filthy foreigner will stare,
    And mutter to himself, ha, gens barbare!
    And it is well he mutters, well for him;
    Our butchers else would tear him limb from limb. Dryden.

    When the tongue of a beautiful female was cut out, it could not forbear muttering. Joseph Addison, Spectator.


  1. Mutter

    Mutter (German for mother) is a song by Rammstein on the album of the same name.


  1. mutter

    Mutter refers to speaking in a low or barely audible voice, typically out of dissatisfaction, irritation, or to oneself. It often implies expressing something unclearly or indistinctly that may be difficult for others to understand.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mutterverb

    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

  2. Mutterverb

    to sound with a low, rumbling noise

  3. Mutterverb

    to utter with imperfect articulations, or with a low voice; as, to mutter threats

  4. Mutternoun

    repressed or obscure utterance

  5. Etymology: [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. L. muttire, mutire.]


  1. Mutter

    Mutter is the third album by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. It was released on 2 April 2001 through Motor Music. The album's cover image is a photograph of a dead fetus, which was taken by Daniel Fuchs and Geo Fuchs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mutter

    mut′ėr, v.i. to utter words in a low voice: to murmur: to sound with a low, rumbling noise.—v.t. to utter indistinctly.—ns. Mutt′er (Milt.), a murmuring; Mutterā′tion, act of muttering or complaining; Mutt′erer; Mutt′ering.—adv. Mutt′eringly, in a muttering or grumbling manner: with indistinct articulation. [Prob. imit., like prov. Ger. mustern; L. muttīre.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. 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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mutter is ranked #14296 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Mutter surname appeared 2,094 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Mutter.

    95% or 1,991 total occurrences were White.
    1.8% or 38 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 23 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.1% or 23 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.6% or 13 total occurrences were Black.
    0.2% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Mutter' in Verbs Frequency: #702

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mutter in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mutter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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Translations for Mutter

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  • غمغمةArabic
  • Brummen, Nuscheln, murmeln, MurrenGerman
  • balbucear, murmurarSpanish
  • mutina, mumina, mutista, mumistaFinnish
  • grogner, râler, marmottement, marmotter, marmonner, marmonnement, grommeler, feulerFrench
  • מלמלHebrew
  • tuða, hvísla, muldra, tauta, taut, muldurIcelandic
  • 呟く, 囁くJapanese
  • ورته‌Kurdish
  • hāmeme, kōmemememe, kūmemeMāori
  • gemompel, mompelen, geroezemoesDutch
  • mamrotaniePolish
  • resmungar, murmurarPortuguese
  • бормота́ть, бормота́ние, пробормота́тьRussian
  • homurtu, mırıltı, homurdanma, mırıldanmaTurkish
  • 喃喃自语Chinese

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. caddie
    • B. descant
    • C. gloat
    • D. suffuse

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