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 for mumble
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mumble \Mum"ble\ (m[u^]m"b'l), v. t.
     1. To utter with a low, inarticulate voice. --Bp. Hall.
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     2. To chew or bite gently, as one without teeth.
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              Gums unarmed, to mumble meat in vain. --Dryden.
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     3. To suppress, or utter imperfectly.
        [1913 Webster] Mumbledy peg

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mumble \Mum"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mumbled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Mumbling.] [OE. momelen; cf. D. mompelen, mommelen, G.
     mummelen, Sw. mumla, Dan. mumle. Cf. Mum, a., Mumm,
     Mump, v.]
     1. To speak with the lips partly closed, so as to render the
        sounds inarticulate and imperfect; to utter words in a
        grumbling indistinct manner, indicating discontent or
        displeasure; to mutter.
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              Peace, you mumbling fool.             --Shak.
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              A wrinkled hag, with age grown double,
              Picking dry sticks, and mumbling to herself.
                                                    --Otway.
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     2. To chew something gently with closed lips.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mumble
      n 1: a soft indistinct utterance
      v 1: talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice [syn: mumble,
           mutter, maunder, mussitate]
      2: grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great
         difficulty; "the old man had no teeth left and mumbled his
         food" [syn: mumble, gum]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  122 Moby Thesaurus words for "mumble":
     aspirate, aspiration, bark, bated breath, bawl, bellow, bite,
     blare, blat, blubber, boom, bray, breath, breathe, breathy voice,
     buzz, cackle, champ, chant, chaw, chew, chew the cud, chew up,
     chirp, chomp, coo, crow, drawl, drone, droning, exclaim,
     exhalation, flute, fumble, gabble, gasp, gibber, gibbering, gnash,
     gnaw, grind, growl, grunt, gum, hammer, hiss, jabber, jibber, keen,
     lilt, limp, little voice, low voice, maffle, masticate, maunder,
     maundering, mouth, mouthing, muddle, mumbling, munch, murmur,
     murmuration, murmuring, mussitate, mutter, muttering, nibble, pant,
     pipe, roar, rumble, ruminate, rumor, scream, screech, shriek,
     shuffle, sibilate, sigh, sing, snap, snarl, snort, sob, soft voice,
     speak, speak incoherently, splutter, sputter, squall, squawk,
     squeal, stage whisper, stammer, still small voice, stumble,
     stutter, susurrate, susurration, susurrus, swallow, talk, thunder,
     trumpet, twang, underbreath, undertone, utter, verbalize, vocalize,
     voice, wail, warble, whine, whisper, whispering, yap, yawp, yell,
     yelp
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  mumble
   interj.
  
      1. Said when the correct response is too complicated to enunciate, or the
      speaker has not thought it out. Often prefaces a longer answer, or
      indicates a general reluctance to get into a long discussion. ?Don't you
      think that we could improve LISP performance by using a hybrid
      reference-count transaction garbage collector, if the cache is big enough
      and there are some extra cache bits for the microcode to use?? ?Well,
      mumble ... I'll have to think about it.?
  
      2. [MIT] Expression of not-quite-articulated agreement, often used as an
      informal vote of consensus in a meeting: ?So, shall we dike out the COBOL
      emulation?? ?Mumble!?
  
      3. Sometimes used as an expression of disagreement (distinguished from
      {VAX">sense 2 by tone of voice and other cues). ?I think we should buy a {VAX.
      ? ?Mumble!? Common variant: mumble frotz (see frotz; interestingly, one
      does not say ?mumble frobnitz? even though ?frotz? is short for
      ?frobnitz?).
  
      4. Yet another metasyntactic variable, like foo.
  
      5. When used as a question (?Mumble??) means ?I didn't understand you?.
  
      6. Sometimes used in ?public? contexts on-line as a placefiller for things
      one is barred from giving details about. For example, a poster with
      pre-released hardware in his machine might say ?Yup, my machine now has an
      extra 16M of memory, thanks to the card I'm testing for Mumbleco.?
  
      7. A conversational wild card used to designate something one doesn't want
      to bother spelling out, but which can be glarked from context. Compare {
      blurgle.
  
      8. [XEROX PARC] A colloquialism used to suggest that further discussion
      would be fruitless.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  mumble
  
     1. Said when the correct response is too complicated to
     enunciate, or the speaker has not thought it out.  Often
     prefaces a longer answer, or indicates a general reluctance to
     get into a long discussion.  "Don't you think that we could
     improve LISP performance by using a hybrid reference-count
     transaction garbage collector, if the cache is big enough and
     there are some extra cache bits for the microcode to use?"
     "Well, mumble ... I'll have to think about it."
  
     2. Yet another metasyntactic variable, like foo.
  
     3. Sometimes used in "public" contexts on-line as a
     placefiller for things one is barred from giving details
     about.  For example, a poster with pre-released hardware in
     his machine might say "Yup, my machine now has an extra 16M of
     memory, thanks to the card I'm testing for Mumbleco."
  
     4. A conversational wild card used to designate something one
     doesn't want to bother spelling out, but which can be
     glarked from context.  Compare blurgle.
  
     5. [XEROX PARC] A colloquialism used to suggest that further
     discussion would be fruitless.
  
     (1997-03-27)
  

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