What is another word for muttering?

Pronunciation: [mˈʌtəɹɪŋ] (IPA)

Muttering is the act of speaking in a low, indistinct tone. There are various different synonyms for muttering, including murmuring, whispering, grumbling, murmuring, mumbling, muttering, and babbling. When someone mutters, they might be speaking softly or under their breath, and often their words are difficult to understand. Murmuring is a softer, more gentle version of muttering, while grumbling and complaining indicate dissatisfaction or irritability. Mumbling can sometimes imply confusion or disorientation, whereas babbling refers to speaking rapidly and incoherently. By using different expressions to describe muttering, you can convey varying degrees of intent, emotion, and meaning.

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What are the opposite words for muttering?

Muttering refers to speaking indistinctly or in a low tone. Antonyms for muttering would include speaking loudly, clearly, or confidently. Other antonyms could be expressing oneself fluently, articulately, or boldly. Speaking with conviction, eloquence, or vigor are also opposite to muttering. Inanimate antonyms might include printing, writing, or texting. Conversely, whispering or remaining silent, without communicating verbally, are ways to contrast muttering. Muttering often connotes dissatisfaction or anger, so using positive expressions could be an alternative to muttering. Antonyms for muttering cover a wide range of speech patterns, indicating the importance of intent and delivery when communicating.

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Usage examples for Muttering

Then, to Athena's sharp surprise and annoyance, Lingard suddenly turned on his heel and left the room, muttering something about having work to do.
"Jane Oglander"
Marie Belloc Lowndes
Hot tears gathered in her eyes, but she brushed them away, muttering: I won't cry.
"Marjorie Dean High School Freshman"
Pauline Lester
"She's got a whole lot to learn," she relieved her feelings somewhat by muttering as she mounted the stairs.
"Lonesome Land"
B. M. Bower

Famous quotes with Muttering

  • It rained. The procession of weary soldiers became a bedraggled train, despondent and muttering, marching with churning effort in a trough of liquid brown mud under a low, wretched sky. Yet the youth smiled, for he saw that the world was a world for him, though many discovered it to be made of oaths and walking sticks. He had rid himself of the red sickness of battle. The sultry nightmare was in the past. He had been an animal blistered and sweating in the heat and pain of war. He turned now with a lover's thirst to images of tranquil skies, fresh meadows, cool brooks — an existence of soft and eternal peace. Over the river a golden ray of sun came through the hosts of leaden rain clouds.
    Stephen Crane
  • Nancy and I were married in January 1918 at St. James's Church, Piccadilly, she being just eighteen, and I twenty-two. George Mallory acted as the best man. Nancy had read the marriage-service for the first time that morning, and been so disgusted that she all but refused to go through with the wedding, though I had arranged for the ceremony to be modified and reduced to the shortest possible form. Another caricature scene to look back on: myself striding up the red carpet, wearing field-boots, spurs and sword; Nancy meeting me in a blue-check silk wedding-dress, utterly furious; packed benches on either side of the church, full of relatives; aunts using handkerchiefs; the choir boys out of tune; Nancy savagely muttering the responses, myself shouting them in a parade-ground voice.
    Robert Graves
  • I remember once quarreling with Yeats who was walking around the room with a sword in one hand muttering spells to ward off evil spirits, and I noticed that every time he passed a plate of plums he put down his unoccupied hand and took a plum and I said, "Yeats, you cannot evoke great spirits and eat plums at the same time."
    George William Russell
  • When squint-eyed Slander plies the unhallow'd tongue, From poison'd maw when Treason weaves his line, And Muse apostate (infamy to song!) Grovels, low muttering, at Sedition's shrine.
    James Beattie
  • Between the crowded houses of Gravesend and the monstrous red-brick pile on the Essex shore the ship is surrendered fairly to the grasp of the river. That hint of loneliness, that soul of the sea which had accompanied her as far as the Lower Hope Reach, abandons her at the turn of the first bend above. The salt, acrid flavour is gone out of the air, together with a sense of unlimited space opening free beyond the threshold of sandbanks below the Nore. The waters of the sea rush on past Gravesend, tumbling the big mooring buoys laid along the face of the town; but the sea-freedom stops short there, surrendering the salt tide to the needs, the artifices, the contrivances of toiling men. Wharves, landing-places, dock-gates, waterside stairs, follow each other continuously right up to London Bridge, and the hum of men’s work fills the river with a menacing, muttering note as of a breathless, ever-driving gale. The water-way, so fair above and wide below, flows oppressed by bricks and mortar and stone, by blackened timber and grimed glass and rusty iron, covered with black barges, whipped up by paddles and screws, overburdened with craft, overhung with chains, overshadowed by walls making a steep gorge for its bed, filled with a haze of smoke and dust.
    Joseph Conrad

Related words: whispering, murmuring, mumbling, talking to oneself, talking to oneself aloud, talking to oneself quietly

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