verb[no object] dialect
Speak indistinctly; mumble.
- Luckily Mrs. Tallis took no offence, and we maffled and talked on.
- I know not! It maffles and talks. But all I could make out is that Collop Monday falls on a Tuesday next year.
- It keepeth and preserveth the head from whirling, the eyes from dazzling, the tongue from lisping, the mouth from maffling, the teeth from chattering, and the throat from rattling.
Late Middle English: of uncertain origin; compare early modern Dutch maffelen 'move the jaws'.
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