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mum·ble

 (mŭm′bəl)
v. mum·bled, mum·bling, mum·bles
v.tr.
1. To utter indistinctly by lowering the voice or partially closing the mouth: mumbled an insincere apology.
2. To chew slowly or ineffectively without or as if without teeth.
v.intr.
1. To speak words indistinctly, as by lowering the voice or partially closing the mouth.
2. To chew food slowly or ineffectively, as if with the gums.
n.
A low indistinct sound or utterance.

[Middle English momelen, from Middle Dutch mommelen.]

mum′bler n.
mum′bly adj.

mumble

(ˈmʌmbəl)
vb
1. to utter indistinctly, as with the mouth partly closed; mutter
2. (Cookery) rare to chew (food) ineffectually or with difficulty
n
an indistinct or low utterance or sound
[C14 momelen, from mum2]
ˈmumbler n
ˈmumbling adj
ˈmumblingly adv

mum•ble

(ˈmʌm bəl)

v. -bled, -bling,
n. v.i., v.t.
1. to utter in a soft, indistinct manner.
2. to chew ineffectively, as from loss of teeth.
n.
3. a soft, indistinct utterance or sound.
[1275–1325; Middle English momelen=mom(me) mum1 + -elen -le]
mum′bler, n.
mum′bling•ly, adv.

mumble


Past participle: mumbled
Gerund: mumbling

Imperative
mumble
mumble
Present
I mumble
you mumble
he/she/it mumbles
we mumble
you mumble
they mumble
Preterite
I mumbled
you mumbled
he/she/it mumbled
we mumbled
you mumbled
they mumbled
Present Continuous
I am mumbling
you are mumbling
he/she/it is mumbling
we are mumbling
you are mumbling
they are mumbling
Present Perfect
I have mumbled
you have mumbled
he/she/it has mumbled
we have mumbled
you have mumbled
they have mumbled
Past Continuous
I was mumbling
you were mumbling
he/she/it was mumbling
we were mumbling
you were mumbling
they were mumbling
Past Perfect
I had mumbled
you had mumbled
he/she/it had mumbled
we had mumbled
you had mumbled
they had mumbled
Future
I will mumble
you will mumble
he/she/it will mumble
we will mumble
you will mumble
they will mumble
Future Perfect
I will have mumbled
you will have mumbled
he/she/it will have mumbled
we will have mumbled
you will have mumbled
they will have mumbled
Future Continuous
I will be mumbling
you will be mumbling
he/she/it will be mumbling
we will be mumbling
you will be mumbling
they will be mumbling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mumbling
you have been mumbling
he/she/it has been mumbling
we have been mumbling
you have been mumbling
they have been mumbling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mumbling
you will have been mumbling
he/she/it will have been mumbling
we will have been mumbling
you will have been mumbling
they will have been mumbling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mumbling
you had been mumbling
he/she/it had been mumbling
we had been mumbling
you had been mumbling
they had been mumbling
Conditional
I would mumble
you would mumble
he/she/it would mumble
we would mumble
you would mumble
they would mumble
Past Conditional
I would have mumbled
you would have mumbled
he/she/it would have mumbled
we would have mumbled
you would have mumbled
they would have mumbled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mumble - a soft indistinct utterance
utterance, vocalization - the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
Verb1.mumble - talk indistinctlymumble - talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
2.mumble - grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty; "the old man had no teeth left and mumbled his food"
chew, manducate, masticate, jaw - chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth; "He jawed his bubble gum"; "Chew your food and don't swallow it!"; "The cows were masticating the grass"

mumble

verb
1. mutter, whisper, murmur, drone, speak indistinctly He mumbled a few words.
noun
1. murmur, whisper, whispering, buzzing, muttering, rumble, humming, drone, purr, undertone, susurrus (literary) She could hear the low mumble of his voice.

mumble

verb
To speak or utter indistinctly, as by lowering the voice or partially closing the mouth:
noun
A low, indistinct, and often continuous sound:
Translations
يُتَمْتِم، يُغَمْغِم
mumlánímumlat
mumle
mumina
muldra, tuldra
murmėtisuburbėtisumurmėti
murmināt, bubināt
zamrmlať
mrmrati
mumla

mumble

[ˈmʌmbl]
A. VImascullar
B. VTmascullar
C. N he said in a mumblemasculló, dijo entre dientes

mumble

[ˈmʌmbəl]
vt [+ words] → marmotter, marmonner
n [voice] → marmottement m, marmonnement m

mumble

nGemurmel nt, → Murmeln nt
vtmurmeln; he mumbled the wordser nuschelte
vivor sich hin murmeln; (= speak indistinctly)nuscheln; don’t mumble (into your beard)murm(e)le doch nicht so in deinen Bart

mumble

[ˈmʌmbl] vt & viborbottare

mumble

(ˈmambl) verb
to speak (words) in such a way that they are difficult to hear. The old man mumbled (a few words) quietly to himself.
References in classic literature ?
After partly closing the door, the child turned back, and mumbled something to Phoebe, which, as the whale was but half disposed of, she could not perfectly understand.
Pearl mumbled something into his ear that sounded, indeed, like human language, but was only such gibberish as children may be heard amusing themselves with by the hour together.
She was a wrinkled-up and wizened personage--she must have been eighty--and as she mumbled the grim story through her toothless gums, she seemed a very old witch to them.
There they grouped themselves about, in couples and threes, and mumbled in bated voices, and looked timid and homeless and forlorn.
Joseph mumbled indistinctly in the depths of the cellar, but gave no intimation of ascending; so his master dived down to him, leaving me VIS-A-VIS the ruffianly bitch and a pair of grim shaggy sheep-dogs, who shared with her a jealous guardianship over all my movements.
She's as straight as a poplar," mumbled old Mazey to himself, hobbling along after his youthful companion, and wagging his venerable head in cordial approval.
The owner of one scant young nose, gnawed and mumbled by the hungry cold as bones are gnawed by dogs, stooped down at Scrooge's keyhole to regale him with a Christmas carol: but at the first sound of
I had mumbled but a lame mass an thou hadst broken my jaw, for the piper plays ill that wants the nether chops.
He mumbled out that the money had been sent in a letter,and that was all he knew.
Aramis mumbled verses to himself, and Porthos from time to time pulled a hair or two from his mustache, in sign of despair.
But, remembering what the oracle had said, he only half uttered the words, and then mumbled the rest indistinctly; and from his confusion, people must have imagined that this handsome young man had lost his wits.
He mumbled to me as if he were ashamed of what he was saying; gave his name (it was something like Archbold--but at this distance of years I hardly am sure), his ship's name, and a few other particulars of that sort, in the manner of a criminal making a reluctant and doleful confession.