mammer

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English mameren (to hesitate, be undecided, waver, mutter), from Old English māmrian, māmorian (to think through, deliberate, plan out, design), from Proto-Germanic *maimrōną (to take care, worry), from Proto-Indo-European *mer-, *smer- (to fall into thought, remember, take care). Related to Old English māmor (deep thought, deep sleep, unconsciousness), Old English mimorian (to remember), Dutch mijmeren (to ponder, muse). More at remember.

Verb[edit]

mammer (third-person singular simple present mammers, present participle mammering, simple past and past participle mammered)

  1. (rare) To hesitate.
    Tell me, Othello: I wonder in my soul, What you would ask me, that I should deny, Or stand so mammering on — Shakespeare, Othello.
  2. (rare) To mumble or stammer from doubt or hesitation.

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