[ muhm-buhl ]
/ ˈmʌm bəl /

verb (used without object), mum·bled, mum·bling.

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.

verb (used with object), mum·bled, mum·bling.

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.

Origin of mumble

1275–1325; Middle English momelen, equivalent to mom(me) mum1 + -elen -le; compare Dutch mommelen, German mummeln

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British Dictionary definitions for mumbling

/ (ˈmʌmbəl) /


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

Derived forms of mumble

mumbler, nounmumbling, adjectivemumblingly, adverb

Word Origin for mumble

C14 momelen, from mum ²
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