6 Quiet “Said” Alternatives

Said is a solid and useful dialogue tag. But here are also other examples you can use from time to time:

“Don’t forget the keys, don’t forget the keys,” Dad murmured in his sleep.MurmurA low indistinct but often continuous sound, or a soft or gentle utterance.
“I bet he was murdered,” a spy whispered to his friend in the murmur of the hall.WhisperTo speak softly with little or no vibration of the vocal cords especially to avoid being overheard.
“O-one moe,” the drunkard mumbled with his head on the bar.MumbleTo utter words in a low confused indistinct manner.
“Put it down,” Mum lowered her voice.Lower one’s voiceKeep one’s voice quiet but speaking clearly.
“Don’t let them see us, they’ll shoot,” the sentry muttered from the shadow.MutterTo utter sounds or words indistinctly or with a low voice and with the lips partly closed. Often to express anger or to complain.
“You need rest now,” she hummed.HumMake a low and soft sound.

See more vocabulary alternatives useful for writers! Poetic, amiable, angry, cute, and joyful said versions.

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