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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Definitions for mump

  1. to sulk; mope.
  2. to grimace.
  3. to mumble; mutter.

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Citations for mump
Up, Dullard! It is better service to enjoy a novel than to mump. Robert Louis Stevenson, "Letter to his Mother, December 30, 1883" Selected Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, 1997
Come, my dear fellow, do not spoil the excellent impression you have already made. I am sure to mump and moan is not in you ... John Collis Snaith, The Wayfarers, 1902
Origin of mump
1580-1590
The rare English verb mump is akin to the equally rare Dutch mompen “to mumble, grumble,” and the magnificent German verbs mumpfen “to chew with one’s mouth full” and mimpfeln “to mumble while eating.” The Germanic verbs most likely derive from a Proto-Indo-European root meuǝ- “be silent,” from which English also derives mum “silent,” Latin mūtus “silent, mute,” and Greek mustḗrion “secret rite, mystery,” a derivative of mústēs “an initiate,” a derivative of mueîn “to initiate, instruct, teach,” itself a derivative of múein “to close the eyes, mouth, or other opening” (lest one reveal what is not to be revealed). Mump entered English in the 16th century.