mumble

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English momelen. Compare German mümmeln, Middle Dutch mommelen and Dutch mompelen.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈmʌmbəl/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌmbəl

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mumble (third-person singular simple present mumbles, present participle mumbling, simple past and past participle mumbled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To speak unintelligibly or inaudibly; to fail to articulate.
    Please try not to mumble so I can hear you better.
  2. To chew something gently with closed lips.

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Noun[edit]

mumble (plural mumbles)

  1. 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.

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