verb mum·ble \ˈməm-bəl\

: to say (something) quietly in an unclear way that makes it difficult for people to know what you said

mum·bledmum·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of MUMBLE

intransitive verb
:  to utter words in a low confused indistinct manner :  mutter
transitive verb
:  to utter with a low inarticulate voice
:  to chew or bite with or as if with toothless gums
mumble noun
mum·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun
mum·bly \-b(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of MUMBLE

  1. He mumbled something and then left.
  2. He mumbled Goodbye and then left.
  3. I can't understand you when you mumble.

Origin of MUMBLE

Middle English momelen, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 14th century


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