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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: From the sound

mumble

verb
     
mum‧ble [intransitive and transitive]
to say something too quietly or not clearly enough, so that other people cannot understand you [↪ mutter]:
He bumped into someone and mumbled an apology.
Stop mumbling!
mumble to yourself
A woman on the corner was mumbling to herself.
mumble noun [countable]
WORD FOCUS: talk WORD FOCUS: talk
chat/natter British English to talk in a friendly way about things that are not very important
gossip
to talk about other people's private lives
drone on
/go on British English/hold forth waffle British English ramble to talk for too long in a boring way
whisper
to talk very quietly
mumble
/murmur mutter to talk in a way that is difficult to hear
talk

See also
talk

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