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mumble

Line breaks: mum¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌmb(ə)l
 
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Definition of mumble in English:

verb

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.
Synonyms
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

noun

[usually in singular] Back to top  
A quiet and indistinct utterance: Rosie had replied in a mumble
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Middle English: frequentative of mum1.

Derivatives

mumbler

1
noun
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.

mumbling

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • He was lucid and intelligent, but if a prison guard or anyone in authority came along he'd switch to a mumbling half-wit.
  • The only other interruption was an early evening telephone call from my sister, who responded to my mumbling incoherence by asking whether I was drunk.
  • I turn into a mumbling idiot whenever I'm in her presence.

mumblingly

3
adverb
Example sentences
  • Keeping and running a household wasn't something you mumblingly admitted to like it is today.
  • He mumbled so softly and so mumblingly that I couldn't make out much of what he said, other than a few occurrences of his interrupted question, ‘What is -?’
  • If you ask a budding commercial band member what they want, the inevitable answers will start with money, sexual partners, and might mumblingly include ‘respect’.

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