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Synonyms for muttering

a low continuous indistinct sound

a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone

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He sat down and puzzled over these things a good while, but kept muttering, "It's no use; I can't understand it.
So he kept on tramping up and down the floor and muttering, till by and by he begun to look pretty tired; then Benny she went and snuggled up to his side and put one hand in his and one arm around his waist and walked with him; and he smiled down on her, and reached down and kissed her; and so, little by little the trouble went out of his face and she persuaded him off to his room.
It's a pity he cannot kill himself with drink,' observed Heathcliff, muttering an echo of curses back when the door was shut.
She pretended that she was making a flower-bed, and she stuck big scarlet hibiscus blossoms into little heaps of earth, all the time growing more and more angry and muttering to herself the things she would say and the names she would call Saidie when she returned.
Again, I catch rare glimpses of my mother, moving her lips timidly between the two, with one of them muttering at each ear like low thunder.
The last I saw of him, his head was bent over his knee and he was working hard at his fetter, muttering impatient imprecations at it and at his leg.
It was said so positively that Passepartout could not help muttering to himself, "Parbleu that's certain
Porthos sucked his mustache, muttering, "A good deal of ceremony to-night about crushing an adder.
The croon changed to a querulous muttering, and finally to an ugly growl.
He stood quite silent, muttering softly to himself, his eyes fixed upon Trent.
Dull, low, rapidly muttering, it was unlike, shockingly unlike, the familiar voice of her aunt.
This man no longer condemned Bert, himself muttering vaguely of dynamite, end sabotage, and revolution.
He bends down his ear, to listen to her mutterings.
Instead of sleeping, the worthy naturalist sat ruminating over what he had both seen and heard that day, until the tossing and mutterings which proceeded from the cabin of Esther, who was his nearest neighbour, advertised him of the wakeful situation of its inmate.
His wife, who had retreated lest she should seem to listen to these mutterings, ventured to approach him again, and was about to speak, when he hurried to the door, and called Tom Scott, who, remembering his late gentle admonition, deemed it prudent to appear immediately.