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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MUMBLING

I liked the sound of this and so kept on mumbling "All dead, all dead."

His voice had a mumbling quality and I noticed the strangeness in his eyes.

"Restrain your improper violence," he went on mumbling rapidly.

"Don't go near him," said O'Brien, in a thick, mumbling voice.

"Death amongst friends is but a festival," he quoted, mumbling in his moustache.

Chattering and mumbling, Cain placed one of the fruits to Jim's mouth.

I wish you would stop that mumbling and let me hear your voices.

I always said so: sooner a lobster than a mumbling parson and the worms!

The two men were mumbling together—Ruth could not catch the words at first.

In a moment he was on his knee, mumbling the prince's hand, his eyes moist with gratitude.

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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