Mummed
Mumm Mumm, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Mummed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mumming}.] [D. mimmen to mask, mom a mask; akin to G. mumme disguise; prob. of imitative origin, and akin to E. mum, mumble, in allusion to the indistinctness of speech occasioned by talking from behind a mask. Cf. {Mumble}, {Mummery}.] To sport or make diversion in a mask or disguise; to mask. [1913 Webster]

With mumming and with masking all around. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Mumm — Mumm, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Mummed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mumming}.] [D. mimmen to mask, mom a mask; akin to G. mumme disguise; prob. of imitative origin, and akin to E. mum, mumble, in allusion to the indistinctness of speech occasioned by talking… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mumming — Mumm Mumm, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Mummed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mumming}.] [D. mimmen to mask, mom a mask; akin to G. mumme disguise; prob. of imitative origin, and akin to E. mum, mumble, in allusion to the indistinctness of speech occasioned by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mum — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English mom, momme, probably imitative of a sound made with closed lips Date: 14th century silent < keep mum > II. intransitive verb (mummed; mumming) Etymology: Middle English mommen, to mumble, perform (a mummer s …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • mum — mum1 /mum/, adj. 1. silent; not saying a word: to keep mum. interj. 2. say nothing! be silent! 3. mum s the word, do not reveal what you know (about something); keep silent: Mum s the word, or the surprise party won t be a surprise. [1350 1400;… …   Universalium

  • mum — mum1 noun Brit. informal one s mother. mum2 adjective (in phr. keep mum) informal remain silent so as not to reveal a secret. Phrases mum s the word do not reveal a secret. Origin ME: imitative of a sound made with closed lips. mum3 v …   English new terms dictionary

  • mum — I [[t]mʌm[/t]] adj. silent: to keep mum[/ex] • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME momme II mum [[t]mʌm[/t]] v. i. mummed, mum•ming to act as a mummer • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME mommen, v. use ofmom mum I III mum [[t]mʌm[/t]] n. pln chrysanthemum •… …   From formal English to slang

  • mum — I. /mʌm / (say mum) noun Colloquial 1. a mother: The children asked their mums if they could go to the beach. 2. (a familiar form of address for a mother): * Mum, said the boy, can I climb some trees? –patrick white, 1955. {abbreviation of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • mum — mum1 [mum] n. [Ger mumme: said to be named after Christian Mumme, 15th c. Ger brewer] a strong beer mum2 [mum] vi. mummed, mumming [< OFr momer < momo, echoic for grimace (as in Sp momo)] to wear a mask or costume in fun; specif., to act as …   English World dictionary

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