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

Synonyms & Antonyms for mumble


chunter [British], grunt, mouth, murmur, mutter


speak out, speak up

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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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Her two friends, Deepak Singh and Rajesh Kumar, are equally flummoxed and mumble something gleaned long ago from history textbooks. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "The average young Indian’s view on the Kargil War is shaped by Bollywood and nationalism," 25 July 2019 The taciturn lawman mumbled his responses and frequently asked the representatives to repeat their questions, leading to speculation that the 74-year-old had lost a step. Jess Bidgood,, "In refusing to join the partisan fray, Mueller may have intensified it," 24 July 2019 White sat on the bed, his head resting against the frame, while his brother sat on the other end by the TV, mumbling commands into a headset for the fantasy video game Fortnite. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "Digital Jail: How Electronic Monitoring Drives Defendants Into Debt," 3 July 2019 Kina, self-conscious about his English, would speak softly in class, almost mumbling. Jan Goldsmith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Levai Kina," 10 June 2019 Majed walked over to his cot mumbling exclamations of surprise. Leila Aboulela, Harper's magazine, "Whisky Lullaby," 10 Jan. 2019 The assistant GMs and scouting directors mumbling names into a speakerphone matters little and less as the draft goes on. Jon Tayler,, "The Problem With the MLB Draft," 4 June 2019 Of course, people gathered around mumbling about these expert observers. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read Alan Simpson's Full Eulogy Honoring George H.W. Bush," 5 Dec. 2018 My sincerest apologies for the agony and mumble-cursing that undoubtedly ensued. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Amazon’s New Part Finder Tool Takes Care Of The Most Annoying Part Of Any DIY Project," 27 July 2018

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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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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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to shake or wave menacingly

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