Definition of mumchance in English:

Share this entry

mumchance

Pronunciation: /ˈmʌmtʃɑːns/

adjective

archaic
Silent; tongue-tied.
Example sentences
  • Are they obliged to sit mumchance, and to be ordered about till they are the laughing-stock of young and old?
  • I mean, I don't want to have nothing to say when people engage me in conversation on the current topic to which I am totally indifferent; almost nobody I know wants to talk about anything else and it would be frustrating to have to remain mumchance for the next few weeks.
  • Participating in discussion is graded as 8 / 10, highly excellent discussion is graded 10 / 10, attending but sitting mumchance is graded as 7/10 (this is what I did throughout college, and I want you to find your voices earlier than I did!

Origin

Late 17th century: from Middle Low German mummenschanze, denoting a game of dice (also an early sense in English from the early 16th century to the mid 17th century).

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: mum|chance

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.