half-mumbled

mumble

[muhm-buhl]
verb (used without object), mumbled, mumbling.
1.
to speak in a low indistinct manner, almost to an unintelligible extent; mutter.
2.
to chew ineffectively, as from loss of teeth: to mumble on a crust.
verb (used with object), mumbled, mumbling.
3.
to say or utter indistinctly, as with partly closed lips: He mumbled something about expenses.
4.
to chew, or try to eat, with difficulty, as from loss of teeth.
noun
5.
a low, indistinct utterance or sound.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English momelen, equivalent to mom(me) mum1 + -elen -le; compare Dutch mommelen, German mummeln

mumbler, noun
mumblingly, adverb
half-mumbled, adjective
unmumbled, adjective
unmumbling, adjective


1, 3. See murmur.


1. articulate.
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mumble (ˈmʌmbəl)
 
vb
1.  to utter indistinctly, as with the mouth partly closed; mutter
2.  rare to chew (food) ineffectually or with difficulty
 
n
3.  an indistinct or low utterance or sound
 
[C14 momelen, from mum²]
 
'mumbler
 
n
 
'mumbling
 
adj
 
'mumblingly
 
adv

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mumble
early 14c., momelen, "to eat in a slow, ineffective manner," probably frequentative of interjection mum. The -b- is excrescent. Meaning "to speak indistinctly" is from mid-14c. The noun is first attested 1902. Related: Mumbled; mumbling.
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