- The definition of a mumble is something spoken in a low voice.
An example of a mumble is how a shy child responds to a question.
- To mumble is to speak in a low voice that is often difficult to understand.
An example of mumble is to answer a question in a low voice or without clearly sounding out the words.
intransitive verbmumbled, mumbling
- to speak or say indistinctly and in a low voice, as with the mouth partly closed; mutter
- Rare to chew gently and ineffectively, as with toothless gums
Origin of mumbleMiddle English momelen, like German mummeln, Dutch mommelen, of echoic origin, originally
verbmum·bled, mum·bling, mum·bles
- To utter indistinctly by lowering the voice or partially closing the mouth: mumbled an insincere apology.
- To chew slowly or ineffectively without or as if without teeth.
- To speak words indistinctly, as by lowering the voice or partially closing the mouth.
- To chew food slowly or ineffectively, as if with the gums.
Origin of mumbleMiddle English momelen, from Middle Dutch mommelen.
(third-person singular simple present mumbles, present participle mumbling, simple past and past participle mumbled)