During takeoff and landing, I mumble a short prayer that I learned long ago in Sunday school.
I wondered whether I should mumble that I had been raised by a German Lutheran.
He defines Dynamic Inaction with one pithy aphorism: “When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.”
Everywhere we go, inspiration hits us and we just kind of mumble things into our iPhones.
"The mumble could be passive aggressive—the person wants to have someone work very hard at hearing them," Batson says.
When I stepped back from the teller's window, Boris lunged against me and started to mumble something.
His boastful accents died away into a mumble: "Dunno what I should do."
My blank face showed him his mistake, and he dropped my hand and began to mumble out apologies.
He squeezed my arm till he extorted from me some sort of mumble.
The preacher again began to mumble a prayer, and the whole pack with him; and then they prayed again, this time not so loudly.
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.
1902, from mumble (v.).
1. Said when the correct response is too complicated to enunciate, or the speaker has not thought it out. Often prefaces a longer answer, or indicates a general reluctance to get into a long discussion. "Don't you think that we could improve LISP performance by using a hybrid reference-count transaction garbage collector, if the cache is big enough and there are some extra cache bits for the microcode to use?" "Well, mumble ... I'll have to think about it."
2. Yet another metasyntactic variable, like foo.
3. Sometimes used in "public" contexts on-line as a placefiller for things one is barred from giving details about. For example, a poster with pre-released hardware in his machine might say "Yup, my machine now has an extra 16M of memory, thanks to the card I'm testing for Mumbleco."
4. A conversational wild card used to designate something one doesn't want to bother spelling out, but which can be glarked from context. Compare blurgle.
5. [XEROX PARC] A colloquialism used to suggest that further discussion would be fruitless.