Definition of mumble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

mumble

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈmʌmbl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌmbl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mumble
BrE BrE//ˈmʌmbl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌmbl//
 
he / she / it mumbles
BrE BrE//ˈmʌmblz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌmblz//
 
past simple mumbled
BrE BrE//ˈmʌmbld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌmbld//
 
past participle mumbled
BrE BrE//ˈmʌmbld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌmbld//
 
-ing form mumbling
BrE BrE//ˈmʌmblɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌmblɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to speak or say something in a quiet voice in a way that is not clear synonym mutter mumble (to somebody/yourself) I could hear him mumbling to himself. mumble something (to somebody/yourself) She mumbled an apology and left. + speech ‘Sorry,’ she mumbled. mumble that… She mumbled that she was sorry. Word Origin Middle English: frequentative of mum (adjective).Extra examples George mumbled incoherently to himself. I couldn’t understand what he was mumbling about. She mumbled something into her pillow.
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