mum·​ble | \ ˈməm-bəl How to pronounce mumble (audio) \
mumbled; mumbling\ ˈməm-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce mumbling (audio) \

Definition of mumble

intransitive verb

: to utter words in a low confused indistinct manner : mutter

transitive verb

1 : to utter with a low inarticulate voice
2 : to chew or bite with or as if with toothless gums

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Other Words from mumble

mumble noun
mumbler \ ˈməm-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce mumbler (audio) \ noun
mumbly \ ˈməm-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mumbly (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of mumble in a Sentence

He mumbled something and then left. He mumbled “Goodbye” and then left. I can't understand you when you mumble.
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Recent Examples on the Web But others have seemed nervous, mumbling or shuffling to find their papers. Mel Fronczek, The Indianapolis Star, "Retired teachers volunteer for Indiana K-12 homework help hotline," 18 May 2020 My habit at the playground is to keep mostly to myself, mumbling small talk with the other dads only when not speaking at all would be more awkward. Teddy Wayne, New York Times, "Raising a Nontoxic Man," 28 Feb. 2020 Their sensationalisation of nigh-on any story is remarkable, where even someone mumbling Rojo's name in the streets of Istanbul could well have sparked this story., "Transfer Rumours: Chelsea Duo Wanted, Serie A Sides Chasing Llorente, Balotelli Makes Move & More," 14 Aug. 2019 His awkward refusal, mumbling condolences, and phone-snatching have, inevitably, been used against him by critics. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Boris Johnson’s Media Blunder, on Health Care, Is Very Ill-Timed," 10 Dec. 2019 Hopkins is in the same shuffling, mumbling mode he’s deployed in many recent performances (including his roles in the HBO show Westworld and the Thor series), and uses that appearance of absentmindedness to his character’s advantage. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Breezy Buddy Comedy About the Modern Papacy," 29 Nov. 2019 The University of Louisville basketball coach — then the head coach at Xavier University — remembered Williams mumbling his way through a listless recruiting visit, his eyes half-open, his posture problematic. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Malik Williams leads Louisville basketball with his words and, increasingly, his play," 23 Feb. 2020 The driver, who mumbled her words and smelled like booze, acted drunk. John Benson, cleveland, "Son arrested after threatening to burn down parents’ home: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 18 Dec. 2019 His words became rapid, rushed, mumbled and hard to understand. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Guerin Catholic football standout Trace Bulger dies at 23: 'He had always shined'," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mumble

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for mumble

Middle English momelen, of imitative origin

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“Mumble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mumble

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


mum·​ble | \ ˈməm-bəl How to pronounce mumble (audio) \
mumbled; mumbling

Kids Definition of mumble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to speak softly so that words are not clear



Kids Definition of mumble (Entry 2 of 2)

: speech that is not clear enough to be understood

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