Definition of maffle in English:



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  • Speak indistinctly; mumble.

    • ‘Luckily Mrs. Tallis took no offence, and we maffled and talked on.’
    • ‘I know not! It maffles and talks. But all I could make out is that Collop Monday falls on a Tuesday next year.’
    • ‘It keepeth and preserveth the head from whirling, the eyes from dazzling, the tongue from lisping, the mouth from maffling, the teeth from chattering, and the throat from rattling.’
    • ‘He was an auld, doddering man, a maffling, feckless auld doit.’
    • ‘With vehement signs and maffling cries he showed us he was come out from Hayil to seek me.’
    mutter, murmur, speak indistinctly, talk under one's breath, speak sotto voce, talk to oneself
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Late Middle English: of uncertain origin; compare early modern Dutch maffelen move the jaws.