Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a mumbling manner; with a low inarticulate utterance.

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  • adverb With a mumbling sound.

Etymologies

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mumbling +‎ -ly

Examples

  • He stooped to lift the heavy burden, and she heard him say a word mumblingly, as though ashamed of it.

    Moor Fires

  • We can make shift with the other two, repeated I, louder still: but yet mumblingly hoarse: for I had as great regard to uniformity in accent, as to my words.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • "Yes," he mumblingly admitted, yawning and rubbing sleep from his eyes, his face peering from behind his door.

    Psychosphere

  • An old man mumblingly read from the tablets the names of Father's children.

    Restoree

  • "And could we go farther than to the moon if we wanted to?" inquired the bandaged figure mumblingly.

    Lost on the Moon Or, in Quest of the Field of Diamonds

  • As the old man's voice monotonously occupied the room, working its way mumblingly through the end of Exodus, conveying no meaning to the audience, Gilian heard the moor-fowl cry beside Little Fox.

    Gilian The Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

  • She was talking, sometimes clearly, and sometimes mumblingly.

    Fanny Herself

  • He said mumblingly, "Well, mother, you've never taught me any different."

    This Freedom

  • "I'm trying to find Kent Parmalee; his aunt wants him!" he added mumblingly, as he began to vaguely shoulder his way through the crowd again.

    The Heart of Rachael

  • She was talking, sometimes clearly, and sometimes mumblingly.

    Fanny Herself

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