mumchance

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noun

mum·​chance
ˈməmˌchan(t)s,
-cha(a)n-,
-chain-,
-chȧn-
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: an old dice game in which the caster is not permitted to choose the player with whom he contests the stake compare hazard
2
[influenced in meaning by mum entry 1] dialectal, England : a silent stupid person

mumchance

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intransitive verb

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chiefly dialectal : to be silent out of caution or stupidity

mumchance

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adjective

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chiefly dialectal
: silent

mumchance

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adverb

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chiefly British
: silently
peering down mumchance at its reflection in the riverRichard Llewellyn

Word History

Etymology

Noun

Low German mummenschanze throw in a dice game played by masked revelers, from Middle Low German, from mummen dice game played by masked revelers (from mummen to go masked, perhaps from Middle French momer) + (assumed) Middle Low German schanze throw of dice, from Middle French chance throw of dice, chance

and Adverb

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“Mumchance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mumchance. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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