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mumble (v.)

early 14c., momelen, "to eat in a slow, ineffective manner" (perhaps "to talk with one's mouth full"), probably frequentative of the interjection mum. The -b- is from 15c., unetymological. Meaning "to speak indistinctly in low tones" is from mid-14c. Transitive sense of "to utter in a low, inarticulate voice" is from mid-15c. Related: Mumbled; mumbler; mumbling.

mumble (n.)

"a low, indistinct utterance," 1902, from mumble (v.).

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Definitions of mumble
1
mumble (v.)
talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice;
Synonyms: mutter / maunder / mussitate
mumble (v.)
grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty;
the old man had no teeth left and mumbled his food
Synonyms: gum
2
mumble (n.)
a soft indistinct utterance;
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