Definition of muted in English:

muted

adjective

  • 1(of a sound or voice) quiet and soft.

    ‘the muted hum of the distant traffic’
    • ‘At last I heard the outer door open; felt a draught of air and heard muted footsteps crossing the soft carpet of the sitting room.’
    • ‘A soft, muted noise at my back made me jump and turn around.’
    • ‘It was dead quiet, except for the muted voices coming from the gymnasium.’
    • ‘You can hear muted voices above you; there are people out there.’
    • ‘The muted voices he could suddenly pick up from the corridor sounded animated.’
    • ‘‘I am sorry I have to do this to you,’ he heard her muted voice say tonelessly.’
    • ‘His voice was muted - blanketed and swept away by the fog.’
    • ‘‘Must have gotten lost in the mail,’ she answered in a muted voice from behind the door she closed.’
    • ‘Their voices are muted, but every so often, one of them will stop and point or make hand gestures while describing something.’
    • ‘He knocked again and then heard a muted voice through the doorway.’
    • ‘I awaken to the sound of muted footsteps across wooden floors.’
    • ‘There was a muted laughter from their direction that quieted only slightly as he neared.’
    • ‘He bends to the right to reach for the water glass on his night stand and lets out a muted whine of terror.’
    • ‘The city was almost inaudible apart from the muted clang of the trams.’
    • ‘The days were getting shorter, I noticed, as my muted footsteps echoed in the hallways.’
    • ‘There was always a slight murmur, like the muted buzz of wasps in their nest.’
    • ‘He stood there, still and quiet, as if taking in all the muted sounds.’
    • ‘He sighs, the short sound close to the beginnings of muted laughter.’
    • ‘The clash echoed around the alley, followed by a muted bang.’
    • ‘If your doorbell is dirty, the ring usually sounds muffled or muted.’
    soft, low, lowered, muted, muffled, faint, indistinct, inaudible, dull
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    1. 1.1(of a musical instrument) having a muffled sound as a result of being fitted with a mute.
      • ‘This stripped-down affair featured singer Kelly Jones on acoustic guitar, accompanied by piano, muted electric guitar and electric bass.’
      • ‘Langorous horns, ticking guitars and muted keyboards have been added, sketching out long, graceful arcs of melody over the bubbling rhythms.’
      • ‘The guitars are flat and muted, the vocals spare and disaffected, and the theatrical, climactic scream-along choruses are absent.’
      • ‘Soft-toned trumpets and horns enter, menacing minor-key interchanges leading to high flute and muted trombones at the close.’
      • ‘Dressed with little more than the occasional industrial splurt, Maynard sings almost exclusively in hushed tones and the guitars are all but muted throughout.’
      • ‘The former is a jazz march parody that layers high-pitched whistling flute over a muted trumpet and slow, rolling drum hits.’
      • ‘Quiet strings, piano and muted organ provide the background for the majority of the hushed tracks.’
      • ‘Pasted-in bursts of muted cymbal and guitar are stabbed and splashed against it.’
      • ‘‘Scarlet Woman’ steals in with a plangent sax call, muted desert drum and synthesized wind and slowly steals away again.’
      • ‘Guitars are coated in reverb and delay, and in the distance muted drums pop and clunk along.’
      • ‘The bassoonist made the piece a thing of beauty, accompanied by the three harps and muted strings.’
      • ‘There is something liberating in the familiar keyboard inflections, earnest handclaps and muted but driving drums.’
      • ‘The brass and strings are muted, and the music hovers on the edge of inaudibility; there are no dynamic outbursts at all.’
      • ‘The sudden modulation brings a galaxy of woodwind delights against muted, pointed strings.’
      • ‘For example, ‘Lent’ is the song with the muted trumpet in the verse, some kickass beats and some freaky guitar work.’
      • ‘He sings it and throws it away as a party piece, with Wynton growling away on a rather intrusive muted trumpet.’
      • ‘McDonald treats the song, bathed in gliding strings and muted horns, as an impressionist tone poem.’
      • ‘You will hear the leader's muted trumpet with reed backing on the first chorus.’
      • ‘Elsewhere muted trumpets enter the mix evoking images of the American southwest.’
      • ‘What comes, instead of the dials being turned up a notch or two, is that a muted trumpet joins in.’
    2. 1.2Not expressed strongly or openly.
      ‘muted anger’
      • ‘This is more an expression of muted anger.’
      • ‘The opposition ranged from fierce anger to muted dissent.’
      • ‘She glared at him as she pulled down a coffee cup and slammed it down onto the counter with muted anger.’
      • ‘That anger isn't going to go away, however muted or buried it may become.’
      • ‘But the resistance was weak, the outcry muffled, the outrage muted.’
      • ‘For me it wasn't that easy; my emotional outpouring was muted, or perhaps nonexistent.’
      • ‘Perceptions are muted and muddled, the passions cool, and thoughts drift to the dreary.’
      • ‘The band went along to some of the small pro-democracy rallies in the city, but opposition was muted.’
      muffled, faint, indistinct, quiet, soft, softened, low, dull
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    3. 1.3(of colour or lighting) not bright; subdued.
      ‘a dress in muted tones of powder blue and dusty pink’
      • ‘First there were a host of tiles, partitions and wall coverings to enhance the look of the room with splashes of bright colour, muted hues and soft lighting.’
      • ‘His style became less angular, tending towards graceful curves, and he used subtle muted colours, sometimes mixing sand with his paint to produce a textured effect.’
      • ‘There are bolts of taupe fabric draped on the windows, and the lighting is muted.’
      • ‘The aquarelle painting on the wall and the muted lighting really make you feel at home.’
      • ‘He added that the extension had been designed to ensure it was unobtrusive on the skyline, using muted colours and including landscaping.’
      • ‘Her butterfly and figurative prints, with their muted colour palette, have a delicate vintage look.’
      • ‘With muted lighting and comfy leather sofas it has its discreet corners but it's better to be out in the open for A-list celeb spotting.’
      • ‘Construction of the extension, which will be in muted colours and fully landscaped, will begin in late August, on completion of legal agreements.’
      • ‘That period of time between dusk and night creates some beautiful shapes and shadows as well as muted colours.’
      • ‘Here's a corner that I liked because of the muted colours and textures.’
      • ‘As always I marvelled at the display of texture and muted colour that would humble the most dazzling painter.’
      • ‘Seven weeks' hard labour, muted colours and Gustavian furniture have given this city flat a country air.’
      • ‘Downstairs is dominated by a slick bar, muted colours, mismatched furniture and a dark slate floor.’
      • ‘I know it's a residential area, but I'd keep it tasteful, use muted colours and so forth.’
      • ‘The colours are muted so that the chocolates and greens sit perfectly with the faded pink and antique blue.’
      • ‘The dining room is filled with modern furniture, muted lighting and roomy booths, though the other tables are quite tight.’
      • ‘Extroverts often prefer red and bright colors, while introverts opt for muted hues, such as blues and violets.’
      • ‘Pashmina shawls are usually bright red, green, muted beige, or oatmeal in color.’
      • ‘The colours are bright yet muted, as often found in relatively low budget productions.’
      • ‘The muted colours come through clearly and crisply and the occasional uses of bright colours are faithfully rendered.’
      subdued, pastel, delicate, faded, dusty, subtle, toned down, understated, discreet, unobtrusive, restrained, low-key
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Pronunciation

muted

/ˈmjuːtɪd/