American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To utter indistinctly by lowering the voice or partially closing the mouth: mumbled an insincere apology.
- v. To chew slowly or ineffectively without or as if without teeth.
- v. To speak words indistinctly, as by lowering the voice or partially closing the mouth.
- v. To chew food slowly or ineffectively, as if with the gums.
- n. A low indistinct sound or utterance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To speak with the vocal organs partly closed, so as to render the sounds inarticulate and imperfect; speak in low tones, hesitatingly, or deprecatingly.
- To chew or bite softly or with the gums; work food with the gums on account of lack or defectiveness of teeth.
- To utter in a low inarticulate voice.
- To chew gently; work (food) by rubbing it with the gums on account of lack of teeth.
- To cover up or hide, as if by uttering in a mumbling, unintelligible fashion; say over inarticulately: with up.
- n. A low, indistinct utterance.
- v. transitive, intransitive To speak unintelligibly or inaudibly; to fail to articulate.
- n. A quiet or unintelligible vocalization.
- n. A low tone of voice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To speak with the lips partly closed, so as to render the sounds inarticulate and imperfect; to utter words in a grumbling indistinct manner, indicating discontent or displeasure; to mutter.
- v. To chew something gently with closed lips.
- v. To utter with a low, inarticulate voice.
- v. To chew or bite gently, as one without teeth.
- v. To suppress, or utter imperfectly.
- v. talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
- v. grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty
- n. a soft indistinct utterance
- Middle English momelen, from Middle Dutch mommelen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“* mumble mumble* years, however long it takes me to cram thirty-six credits into my life.”
“Richard: * mumble mumble* you’re still unpublished * mumble mumble* I’m with Mr. Torch * mumble mumble*”
“I will however admit to occasionally, when I feel particularly embarrassed for my unabashed public monologues, pretending to be singing instead, like "* mumble mumble* I really should complete my masterplan for world domination today”
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“They also retained Japanese words that were done in different fonts or calligraphy as a part of the background of the panels "sizzle" "fwump" "ouch" "mumble"--they just wrote the English translation in small letters next to it.”
“All I caught of his mumble was a vague -- "quite correct," than which nothing could have been more egregiously false at bottom -- to my view, at least.”
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