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v. mum·bled, mum·bling, mum·bles
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.
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.
A low indistinct sound or utterance.

[Middle English momelen, from Middle Dutch mommelen.]

mum′bler n.
mum′bly adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mumbler - a person who speaks softly and indistinctly
speaker, talker, verbaliser, verbalizer, utterer - someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous); "the speaker at commencement"; "an utterer of useful maxims"


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A little older, a little colder: and already are they mystifiers, and mumblers and mollycoddles.
In his later years - thanks to Spitting Image and Private Eye - Coleman was unfairly portrayed as a gaffeprone mumbler.
I do not like intercoms because I am a natural mumbler with a slight lisp and for some reason I always end up having to spell something containing an S and an F.
Such a dialectic might also emerge in works such as McQueen's Mumbler, 2001, a video shot from the top of a television of the artist lounging on a bed in a hotel room.
Tea party/right wing," "conservative stooges," "crackpots," "fringe," "lightweight," "zealot," "national embarrassment," "believes in nothing, stands for nothing, lies about everything," "froth-at-the-mouth," "white supremacist," "homophobe," "misogynist," "wrinkled, toothless mumbler," "no sense of direction," "paranoid cave dweller.
I'm a pretty bad mumbler myself, so it was a short and messy conversation.
We've listened to the mumbler, the reader, the statue, the unprepared, and the boring.
Alas, Fehr, although trusted with the most lines, turns out to be a mumbler of the worst degree and we can't remotely figure out what he's saying.
That said, if the chaps had applied themselves a little better on the day then maybe they'd have relegated the appearance of the finest mumbler Hollywood has produced since Marlon Brando stuffed handfuls of cotton wool into his mouth and started threatening New Yorkers of Italian descent to a minor footnote.
Plus, the guy's such a mumbler that Almereyda thought it necessary to subtitle at least half of Eggleston's comments.
5 - Not strictly a Mogwai moment, frontman of sorts Stuart Braithwaite formed the Sick Anchors, a post-rock supergroup with Arab Strap mumbler Aidan Moffat.
In the early 1970s he and Ann, with Percy Mumbler and Jack Campbell, joined Pastor Frank Roberts' NSW Aboriginal Lands and Rights Council, which strengthened their commitment to land rights and culture.