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 mumbling
For everyone else, it was a change in the weather, an appearance of the real, Brando mumbling in a movie.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters|Alex Belth|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His wide blue eyes, baby face, and soft, mumbling voice are less pronounced than they are onscreen.Casey Affleck, Star of ‘Out of the Furnace,’ on His Hollywood Struggles|Marlow Stern|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Yulia Shmalov (Economy) tries to stop me, mumbling something about the New Israel Fund.
Then he or she would start to speak, mumbling thoughts to the dog, recalling his or her own pets.
The victim was mumbling.... When they arrived at the apartment, Famolu carried Karmari inside.Wisconsin Political Attack Ad Forces Mom to Re-Live Anguish Over Murdered Son|Michael Daly|June 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She was mumbling to herself, a look of horror upon her face.The Cry at Midnight|Mildred A. Wirt
Yours—yes, and probably somebody elses, Bim was mumbling his thoughts aloud.Dust of the Desert|Robert Welles Ritchie
The rest now laid violent hold of Mass John, and she heard him mumbling in a supplicating voice, but knew not what he said.
He was silent for a while, and seemed to be thinking it over, then went on reading and mumbling.Seven Frozen Sailors|George Manville Fenn
He did hope Ivo would correct that tendency toward declamation; on the other hand, it was certainly better than mumbling.My Fair Planet|Evelyn E. Smith
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.).