Definition of mute adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//mjuːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mjuːt//
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  1. 1not speaking synonym silent a look of mute appeal The child sat mute in the corner of the room.
  2. 2(old-fashioned) (of a person) unable to speak synonym dumb The film concerns a mute Scottish widow and her passion for music.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French muet, diminutive of mu, from Latin mutus.
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