Use the word "mumble" when a person speaks softly or unclearly. It’s not a good idea to mumble, but some people do it when they don’t want another person to hear what they’re saying.
- The teacher told the students to stop mumbling and finish their work.
- A lot of people in the office were mumbling about their supervisor, saying she was being unfair. (People mumble when they complain privately about something.)
- What are you mumbling about?
Or a person mumbles when speaking softly:
- Edward mumbled a few words of apology to his mother before leaving the house.
- The students who were mumbling during the presentation were told to stay after school.
Sometimes the act of mumbling is a speech deficiency which has to be corrected:
- Christina has a bad habit of mumbling. She needs to learn how to speak clearly.
- Jose mumbles when he speaks in English and in Spanish.
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December 18, 2011