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]

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