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[muhm-buh l] /ˈmʌm bəl/

verb (used without object), mumbled, mumbling.
to speak in a low indistinct manner, almost to an unintelligible extent; mutter.
to chew ineffectively, as from loss of teeth:
to mumble on a crust.
verb (used with object), mumbled, mumbling.
to say or utter indistinctly, as with partly closed lips:
He mumbled something about expenses.
to chew, or try to eat, with difficulty, as from loss of teeth.
a low, indistinct utterance or sound.
to utter indistinctly, as with the mouth partly closed; mutter
(rare) to chew (food) ineffectually or with difficulty
an indistinct or low utterance or sound

early 14c., momelen, “to eat in a slow, ineffective manner” (perhaps “to talk with one’s mouth full”), probably frequentative of interjection mum. The -b- is excrescent. Meaning “to speak indistinctly” is from mid-14c. Related: Mumbled; mumbling.

1902, from mumble (v.).


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