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[muhmp, moo mp]British Dialect
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verb (used with object)
  1. to mumble; mutter.
verb (used without object)
  1. to sulk; mope.
  2. to grimace.

Origin of mump1

1580–90; imitative, apparently akin to mum1; compare Dutch mompen to mumble, German mimpfeln to mumble while eating, Icelandic mumpa to take into the mouth, eat greedily


[muhmp, moo mp]British Dialect
verb (used with object)
  1. to cheat.
verb (used without object)
  1. to beg.

Origin of mump2

First recorded in 1645–55, mump is from the Dutch word mompen (obsolete)
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Examples from the Web for mumping

Historical Examples

  • Why, as I am alive, this is the horse of that mumping villain Slingsby.


    George Borrow

  • Marrying into the ‘mumping’ and house-dwelling families has brought this about, and soon there will be no true Romanies left.

  • When they come with their counterfeit looks, and mumping tones, think them players.

    Crimes of Charity

    Konrad Bercovici

  • None of your mumping, you old snapdragon; but tell me the truth, have they secured him hard and fast?

    Willy Reilly

    William Carleton

  • The sixth, a monk's mumping bottle made of the four metals together.

British Dictionary definitions for mumping


  1. (intr) archaic to be silent

Word Origin

C16 (to grimace, sulk, be silent): of imitative origin, alluding to the shape of the mouth when mumbling or chewing


  1. (intr) archaic to beg

Word Origin

C17: perhaps from Dutch mompen to cheat
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