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(Mum"ble) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mumbled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mumbling ] [OE. momelen; cf. D.
mompelen, mommelen, G. mummelen, Sw. mumla, Dan. mumle. Cf. Mum, a., Mumm, Mump,
1. To speak with the lips partly closed, so as to render the sounds inarticulate and imperfect; to utter
words in a grumbling indistinct manner, indicating discontent or displeasure; to mutter.
Peace, you mumbling fool.Shak.
A wrinkled hag, with age grown double,Otway.
Picking dry sticks, and mumbling to herself.
2. To chew something gently with closed lips.
(Mum"ble) v. t.
1. To utter with a low, inarticulate voice. Bp. Hall.
2. To chew or bite gently, as one without teeth.
Gums unarmed, to mumble meat in vain.Dryden.
3. To suppress, or utter imperfectly.
(Mum"ble*news`) n. A talebearer. [Obs.]
(Mum"bler) n. One who mumbles.
(Mum"bling) a. Low; indistinct; inarticulate. Mum"bling*ly, adv.
(Mum"bo Jum`bo) An object of superstitious homage and fear. Carlyle.
The miserable Mumbo Jumbo they paraded.Dickens.
1. A game of hazard played with cards in silence. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Decker.
2. A silent, stupid person. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
(Mum"-chance`), a. Silent and idle. [Colloq.]
Boys can't sit mum-chance always.J. H. Ewing.
(Mumm) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Mummed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mumming.] [D. mimmen to mask,
mom a mask; akin to G. mumme disguise; prob. of imitative origin, and akin to E. mum, mumble, in
allusion to the indistinctness of speech occasioned by talking from behind a mask. Cf. Mumble, Mummery.]
To sport or make diversion in a mask or disguise; to mask.
With mumming and with masking all around.Spenser.
(Mumm"er) n. [Cf. OF. mommeur. See Mumm, and cf. Momier.] One who mumms, or
makes diversion in disguise; a masker; a buffon.
Jugglers and dancers, antics, mummers.Milton.
(Mum"mer*y) n.; pl. Mummeries [F. momerie, of Dutch or German origin. See Mumm.]