- mute ► ADJECTIVE 1) refraining from speech or temporarily speechless. 2) dated lacking the power of speech. 3) (of a letter) not pronounced.► NOUN 1) dated a person without the power of speech. 2) historical a professional attendant or mourner at a funeral. 3) a clamp placed over the bridge of a stringed instrument to deaden the resonance of the strings. 4) a pad or cone placed in the opening of a wind instrument.► VERB 1) deaden or muffle the sound of. 2) reduce the strength or intensity of. 3) (muted) (of colour or lighting) not bright; subdued.DERIVATIVES mutely adverb muteness noun.USAGE To describe a person without the power of speech as mute (especially as in deaf mute) is today likely to cause offence. Since there are no accepted alternative terms in general use, the solution may be to use a longer construction, such as she is both deaf and unable to speak .ORIGIN Latin mutus.
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Mutely — Mute ly, adv. Without uttering words or sounds; in a mute manner; silently. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
mutely — (adv.) 1620s, from MUTE (Cf. mute) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) … Etymology dictionary
mutely — adv. Mutely is used with these verbs: ↑nod … Collocations dictionary
mutely — adverb without speaking (Freq. 3) he sat mutely next to her • Syn: ↑wordlessly, ↑silently, ↑taciturnly • Derived from adjective: ↑taciturn (for: ↑ … Useful english dictionary
mutely — adverb see mute I … New Collegiate Dictionary
mutely — See mute. * * * … Universalium
mutely — adverb In a mute manner … Wiktionary
mutely — mjuËtlÉª adv. without noise, quietly, silently, soundlessly … English contemporary dictionary
mutely — mute·ly … English syllables
mutely — See: mute … English dictionary