verb (used without object), mum·bled, mum·bling.
verb (used with object), mum·bled, mum·bling.
- mum's the word,
- mum-and-dad investor,
- mumbo jumbo,
Origin of mumble
Examples from the Web for mumble
Everywhere we go, inspiration hits us and we just kind of mumble things into our iPhones.
He defines Dynamic Inaction with one pithy aphorism: “When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.”When In Doubt, Mumble—Dynamic Inaction May Be Our Best Hope|Joe McLean|April 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"The mumble could be passive aggressive—the person wants to have someone work very hard at hearing them," Batson says.
I wondered whether I should mumble that I had been raised by a German Lutheran.
During takeoff and landing, I mumble a short prayer that I learned long ago in Sunday school.
The noise must have disturbed Le Forgeron, for Nangotook heard him mumble an oath.The Island of Yellow Sands|E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
Some were too frightened to do more than mumble an inaudible answer.The A.E.F.|Heywood Broun
The mumble from his shoulder continued, "She wasn't well enough."The Monster and Other Stories|Stephen Crane
Bobby, much bewildered by all this pother, could only mumble something about "smallpox," and "took mamma away with doctor."The Riverman|Stewart Edward White
They reached the spot, and paused, while the priest commenced to mumble a prayer.A Monk of Cruta|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Word Origin for mumble
early 14c., momelen, "to eat in a slow, ineffective manner" (perhaps "to talk with one's mouth full"), probably frequentative of interjection mum. The -b- is excrescent. Meaning "to speak indistinctly" is from mid-14c. Related: Mumbled; mumbling.
1902, from mumble (v.).