mute (adj.) Look up mute at Dictionary.com
late 14c., mewet "silent," from Old French muet "dumb, mute" (12c.), diminutive of mut, mo, from Latin mutus "silent, speechless, dumb," probably from imitative base *meue- (cognates: Sanskrit mukah "dumb," Greek myein "to be shut," of the mouth). Form assimilated in 16c. to Latin mutus.
mute (v.) Look up mute at Dictionary.com
"deaden the sound of," 1861, from mute (n.). Related: Muted; muting.
mute (n.) Look up mute at Dictionary.com
1570s, "stage actor in a dumb show;" 1610s as "person who does not speak," from mute (adj.). Musical sense first recorded 1811 of stringed instruments, 1841, of horns.