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 A month later, in a new Nest video shot at the same entryway, Fairley was seen mumbling to herself, tripping on a recycling bin on her way down the sidewalk. Lauren Smiley, The Atlantic, "The Porch Pirate of Potrero Hill Can’t Believe It Came to This," 1 Nov. 2019 The artist mumbled an apology, sweetly asked about my cat, but continued with his body bearing down on me. Katie Smith, Allure, "How Stick and Poke Tattoo Artist Kelli Kikcio Provides a Space of Healing for Her Clients," 10 Oct. 2019 In the scene, Terry mumbles the same words over and over again: breathe, sunflower, rainbow, 450, three to the right, four to the left. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "David Harbour is Dropping Secret Clues About "Stranger Things" Season 4 on His Instagram," 25 Sep. 2019 The neighbor noticed that McDonald, 34, was pacing back and forth and mumbling, Drake wrote. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Laguna Beach woman was decapitated and son admitted to killing, police document says," 17 Sep. 2019 The man immediately began to make random, mumbled statements to the officer that were unintelligible., "Woman accused of assault came home to find another woman in her bed: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 16 Aug. 2019 What followed was a pause of about a minute, where the woman occasionally sighed and mumbled to herself. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Contra Costa DA unveils case against former public defender clerk accused of witness murder plot," 25 July 2019 USA TODAY Think of all the things a microphone can pick up: voices, noises, whispers, conversations, arguments, confessions – even people alone, in a room, mumbling to themselves. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "When smart devices watch you, what do they do with the data?," 20 June 2019 When asked for his driver’s license, the man mumbled and looked around slowly, but could not locate the license., "'Spacey, thick-tongued’ driver has no shortage of marijuana: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 13 Sep. 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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of mumble was in the 14th century

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How to pronounce mumble (audio)

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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