Definition of mumping in US English:

mumping

noun

Scottish
  • The action of mump; grimacing; grumbling; hinting by means of facial expression; an instance of this.

noun

  • The action of mump; begging. Later also: the acceptance of small bribes.

adjective

Scottish
  • That grimaces or assumes a demure, sanctimonious, or melancholy expression; querulous, complaining.

adjective

English Regional
  • That begs; given to begging.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Randle Cotgrave (fl. 1587–?1630), lexicographer. From mump + -ing<br>late 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Wesley (bap. 1662, d. 1735), Church of England clergyman and poet. From mump + -ing<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. From mump + -ing<br>early 18th century; earliest use found in Edward Ward (1667–1731), satirist. From mump + -ing.

Pronunciation

mumping

/ˈmʌmpɪŋ/