At Christmastime in one of these winters a few of the boys of the night-school went round the village, mumming.
Christmas was the grand scene of mumming, and some mummers were disguised as bears, others like unicorns, bringing presents.
She had to begin somewhere, and to play at the New Theatre was not like playing in an inn yard or mumming booth.
I know well there's mumming and foolery a-going on yonder; and I suppose ye join the merry-making, as they call it?
One is apt to find his deepest philosophy tucked away in some corner of a discourse on cheese or mumming or penny dreadfuls.
Your talk about the right divine of old Mr. Melancholy, mumming and mimicking away there at Rome, makes me smile.
Next to the mumming, what the Church most objected to was the divination always practised at Christmas festivals.
English Wat, attend me alone, and the rest of you end your revelry, and doff your mumming habits.
"But I have very often," said I to her, as I went on the stage to finish my mumming.
Now we had planned at home that we would use only P-speech while mumming, for then no one would know us.
"be silent," 1560s, from Middle English mum, mom (late 14c.), inarticulate closed-mouth sound, indicative of unwillingness or inability to speak. As an adjective meaning "secret" from 1520s. Phrase mum's the word is first recorded 1704.
abbreviation of chrysanthemum, first attested 1915 in the jargon of gardeners.