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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MUMBLE

His boastful accents died away into a mumble: "Dunno what I should do."

I understood his mumble to mean that "he didn't know any game."

He squeezed my arm till he extorted from me some sort of mumble.

Gone was the mumble, gone was every thought except the misery of the minute.

When he would cry out to her his frozen lips could mumble no words.

The trader, half dead from his wounds, raised his big head to mumble a denial.

It was said with conviction, and a mumble of voices indorsed him.

Here she could mumble his name till the anguish of her tears choked her.

Inside45 the parlor could be heard the mumble of men's voices.

Inside the parlor could be heard the mumble of men's voices.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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