mum·​chance | \ ˈməmˌchan(t)s, -cha(a)n-, -chain-, -chȧn- \

Definition of mumchance

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1 : 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
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Definition of mumchance (Entry 2 of 4)

2 chiefly dialectal : to be silent out of caution or stupidity


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Definition of mumchance (Entry 3 of 4)

chiefly dialectal


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Definition of mumchance (Entry 4 of 4)

chiefly British
: silently peering down mumchance at its reflection in the river— Richard Llewellyn

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History and Etymology for mumchance


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

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“Mumchance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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