- to say “mum”; call for silence.
- to act as a mummer.
Origin of mum2
Examples from the Web for mumming
This is the soul of Mumming; the ostentatious secrecy of men in disguise.A Miscellany of Men
G. K. Chesterton
Does it mean that he was mumming, as it were, like a conjurer?At The Sign Of The Eagle
"But I have very often," said I to her, as I went on the stage to finish my mumming.Records of Later Life
Frances Ann Kemble
She had to go back to Huddy's, to the mumming booth and the innyard.Madame Flirt
Charles E. Pearce
People work without aim or energy, and when they suffer it seems as if they were but mumming.Venice
- mainly British an informal word for mother 1
- keeping information to oneself; silent
- mum's the word silence or secrecy is to be observed
- (intr) to act in a mummer's play
- British obsolete a type of beer made from cereals, beans, etc
Word Origin and History for mumming
"be silent," 1560s, from Middle English mum, mom (late 14c.), inarticulate closed-mouth sound, indicative of unwillingness or inability to speak. As an adjective meaning "secret" from 1520s. Phrase mum's the word is first recorded 1704.
abbreviation of chrysanthemum, first attested 1915 in the jargon of gardeners.