v. mut·tered, mut·ter·ing, mut·ters
1. To speak indistinctly in low tones.
2. To complain or grumble morosely.
To utter or say in low indistinct tones.
A low grumble or indistinct utterance.
[Middle English muttren, possibly from Latin muttīre.]
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