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mumble Line breaks: mum¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌmb(ə)l/

Definition of mumble in English:


1 [reporting verb] Say something indistinctly and quietly, making it difficult for others to hear: [with object]: he mumbled something she didn’t catch [with direct speech]: ‘Sorry,’ she mumbled
More example sentences
  • She heard him mumble something indistinct, and he tried to spit at her, but his aim left a lot to be desired.
  • When I hear people mumbling away about what a terrible world this is to bring children into, I want to spit.
  • They mumbled quietly to each other for the rest of the journey.
mutter, murmur, speak indistinctly, talk under one's breath, speak sotto voce, talk to oneself
rare maffle
2 [with object] Bite or chew (something) with toothless gums or without making much use of the teeth: she mumbled a piece of black bread


[usually in singular] Back to top  
A quiet and indistinct utterance: Rosie had replied in a mumble
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  • His speech is something between a muffle and a mumble, a perpetual whisper beneath the breath.
  • Her voice was a mere mumble as she answered back.
  • His voice dropped to a mumble, his grip on my wrist loosened and he stopped struggling so much.


Pronunciation: /ˈmʌmb(ə)lə/
Example sentences
  • And I'm not insisting the whisperers, mumblers, droners and mic-dummies of this world be barred from reading their own poetry out loud.
  • I'd have to say that my experience at the Annual General Meeting of our student society was marked by mumblers of the most extraordinary kind.
  • First of all, she's a mumbler, so I really have to strain to hear her.


Middle English: frequentative of mum1.

Words that rhyme with mumble

bumble, crumble, fumble, grumble, humble, jumble, rough-and-tumble, rumble, scumble, stumble, tumble, umbel
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