mumbling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mumbling ineffectual chewing (as if without teeth)
    • n mumbling indistinct enunciation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Mumbling Low; indistinct; inarticulate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mumbling The act of speaking in a low tone or with the vocal organs partly closed; an indistinct utterance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mumbling uttered with a low, indistinct voice: chewing softly
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Quotations

  • Roden Noel
    Roden Noel
    “What if men take to following where He leads, weary of mumbling Athanasian creeds?”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When in charge ponder. When in trouble delegate. When in doubt mumble.”
  • Benicio Del Toro
    Benicio Del Toro
    “I'm not Jack Nicholson. I'm not Brando. But I do mumble.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Mum.

Usage

In literature:

The Mumbling Devotion of the Celestine Friars.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II." by Francois Rabelais
I sat and mumbled over my chip gaily, glad at heart as a child.
"Hunger" by Knut Hamsun
Thou carest not for forms nor mumbled prayers.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
Yes, but they had some visiting pastor, and I didn't like him, he mumbled his words so.
"Plays: Comrades; Facing Death; Pariah; Easter" by August Strindberg
But mumblings and tears!
"The Woman With The Fan" by Robert Hichens
The priest, mumbling that God would take small pleasure in blessing their union, finally let his have his mass for five francs.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
Mrs. Plowson mumbled some confused apology to the effect that she was afraid Master George was troublesome.
"Lady Audley's Secret" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
In this village you will mumble over the bans without one of your congregation ever taking heed of the name.
"Night and Morning, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Then I caught another pregnant sound, a mumbling of male voices in the adjoining front room.
"The Cavalier" by George Washington Cable
Why mumble unintelligible things?
"Apocolocyntosis" by Lucius Seneca
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In poetry:

Masses for souls that are lost
In the wilds of sin--
There mumbled, "Ye'll pay cost
Ere to shrift ye win!"
"The Death-Sprite" by Cale Young Rice
I hear the dull unheeding wind
Mumble o'er heath and wold;
My fancy leaves my brain behind,
And floats into the cold.
"Songs of the Winter Nights" by George MacDonald
I'd go into Africa's Jungles.
Where the Bible has never been,
And attempt God's word to mumble,
In the hearts of heathen men.
"The Trip I Would Like to Take" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Bitter frost. The night, as a decency,
Is observing the icy cold.
In an armchair, the ghost mumbles on and on,
Still the same, in his winter coat.
"On a fateful day, an unlucky time" by Boris Pasternak
Bitter frost. The night, as a decency,
Is observing the icy cold.
In his armchair the ghost mumbles endlessly,
Still the same, in his winter coat-
"On a fateful day, an unlucky time" by Boris Pasternak
They who have feared the night and lain
Mumbling themselves to peace
Sleep a light sleep lest they forget the strain
That brings them their release.
"Light Sleep" by Hazel Hall

In news:

Brewerton man banging on windows, mumbling nonsense before death in Oneida River.
Despite facing mounting criticism and mumbling from pundits over Microsoft's services strategy, Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie stood and delivered a potent keynote at the Mix show.
Doctor's girlfriend heard 'mumbling,' ' coughing ' in Michael Jackson's bedroom.
I mumble quite a bit when I play golf.
Swingler, seen here at his sentencing, mumbled a few times during the proceeding but stopped when his attorney asked him to be quiet.
We're pretty sure that word won't be a selection in the Sunday-night Mumble Bee at Ernie Biggs (4115 Mill Street, 816-561-2444).
Bob Dylan Won't Even Mumble About David Geffen.
The low-budget musical Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench pioneered mumble -chord.
Christian Bale's Mystery Mumble to Robert De Niro: What He Said.
Doctor's girlfriend heard ' mumbling ,' 'coughing' in Michael Jackson's bedroom.
Somewhere short of a heat stroke, with a world-class paleontologist coaching him, a Hollywood star squatting nearby mumbling encouragement, anxious aides checking their watches and even more antsy (Page 2 of 2).
We know your Saturday routine—lazing in bed all morning, mumbling something about beauty sleep when anyone tries to rouse you.
It has a romantic hero who mumbles, and there is a lot of poetry on the soundtrack.
Obama still has the approval of the people, but the establishment is beginning to mumble that the president may not have what it takes.
When the playwright Tony Kushner recently grabbed a microphone and sat down for a post-screening Q&A with a filmmaker and the film's cast, he mumbled that he felt like Richard Pena.
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In science:

There are more sophisticated surface generation packages, such as FUF/SURGE (Elhadad and Robin, 1996), KPML (Bateman, 1996), MUMBLE (Meteer et al., 1987), and RealPro (Lavoie and Rambow, 1997), which produce natural language text from abstract semantic representations.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
ND proofs were tested as input to an early version of the MUMBLE system of D.
Planning Argumentative Texts
After many years of mumbling and talking, a direct matching of the hadronic to the quark based description is in sight.
Goldstone boson-nucleon dynamics: Working group summary and outlook
We could mumble that the sum over m should become a integral, but is not clear which should be the integration measure.
Replica method and finite volume corrections
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