from The Century Dictionary.

  • To mumble or mutter, as in sulkiness.
  • To nibble; chew; munch, or move the jaw-as if munching.
  • To chatter; make mouths; grin like an ape.
  • To implore alms in a low muttering tone; play the beggar; hence, to deceive; practise imposture.
  • To utter with a low, indistinct voice; chatter unintelligibly.
  • To munch; chew: as, to mump food.
  • To overreach.
  • noun A protuberance; a lump.
  • noun Any great knotty piece of wood; a root.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To move the lips with the mouth closed; to mumble, as in sulkiness.
  • intransitive verb To talk imperfectly, brokenly, or feebly; to chatter unintelligibly.
  • intransitive verb To cheat; to deceive; to play the beggar.
  • intransitive verb Prov. Eng. To be sullen or sulky.
  • transitive verb To utter imperfectly, brokenly, or feebly.
  • transitive verb To work over with the mouth; to mumble.
  • transitive verb To deprive of (something) by cheating; to impose upon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To mumble, speak unclearly.
  • verb intransitive To beg, especially if using a repeated phrase.
  • verb To deprive of (something) by cheating; to impose upon.


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  • accept a bribe

    March 13, 2007

  • To cheat, to get the better of. Also with of, out of. Now Eng. regional (south-west.) (rare), though very common in the second half of the 17th cent.

    Now slang and Eng. regional: To obtain by begging or scrounging; To beg, go about begging; to sponge upon.

    Brit. slang, Of a police officer: to accept a small gift or bribe in return for services.

    August 6, 2008