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- (transitive, intransitive) To speak unintelligibly or inaudibly; to fail to articulate.
- Please try not to mumble so I can hear you better.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene v]:
- Peace, you mumbling fool.
- (Can we date this quote by Otway and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
- A wrinkled hag, with age grown double, / Picking dry sticks, and mumbling to herself.
- To chew something gently with closed lips.
- See also Thesaurus:mutter
to speak unintelligibly
mumble (plural mumbles)
- A quiet or unintelligible vocalization; a low tone of voice.
- All I could hear was a mumble from the next room.
- He spoke in a barely comprehensible mumble.