to speak in a low indistinct manner, almost to an unintelligible extent; mutter.
to chew ineffectively, as from loss of teeth: to mumble on a crust.
to say or utter indistinctly, as with partly closed lips: He mumbled something about expenses.
to chew, or try to eat, with difficulty, as from loss of teeth.
a low, indistinct utterance or sound.
- mumbler, noun
- mum·bling·ly, adverb
- half-mumbled, adjective
- un·mum·bled, adjective
- un·mum·bling, adjective
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How to use mumble in a sentence
“At first it was so bizarre,” she mumbles into a hand mirror, her mouth taut as she applies lipstick in the back of a taxi.Is This Dildo-Licking, Dominatrix-Loving Vogue Blogger the New Face of Feminism? | Lizzie Crocker | May 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Kudrow mumbles something self-deprecating, but a slight blush warms her cheeks.
Not every Oscar winner mumbles, of course, but a good chunk of mumblers get Oscar recognition.
“At this distance I couldn't make out—Cap Meagher, he mumbles so,” confessed the doorkeeper.The Escape of Mr. Trimm | Irvin S. Cobb
Tall chimneys and a dense canopy of smoke: such is the Erebus you behold from the pleasant Mumbles cliffs.
The shipping of the Mumbles has a nice clean look after that at the mouth of the Tawe.
Mumbles—or Oystermouth, as it used to be called—has an attractive old castle of its own, of the Decorated period.
Side by side, we'll walk over to the cliff at whose base mumbles the mighty Pacific.The Hive | Will Levington Comfort
British Dictionary definitions for mumble
to utter indistinctly, as with the mouth partly closed; mutter
rare to chew (food) ineffectually or with difficulty
an indistinct or low utterance or sound
- mumbler, noun
- mumbling, adjective
- mumblingly, adverb
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