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Etymology 1[edit]

Perhaps borrowed from Middle Dutch mompen (to mumble), akin to German mimpfeln (to mumble), Icelandic mumpa (to take into the mouth). See also English mum.


mump (third-person singular simple present mumps, present participle mumping, simple past and past participle mumped)

  1. (intransitive) To mumble, speak unclearly.
  2. To move the lips with the mouth closed; to mumble, as in sulkiness.
    • 1630, Taylor
      He mumps, and lowres, and hangs the lip.
  3. (intransitive) To beg, especially if using a repeated phrase.
  4. To deprive of (something) by cheating; to impose upon.
  5. To cheat; to deceive; to play the beggar.
    • Burke
      And then when mumping with a sore leg, [] canting and whining.
  6. To be sullen or sulky.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]


mump (plural mumps)

  1. (Britain, dialect, Somerset) A cube of peat.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for mump in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)