One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of mump; grimacing; grumbling; hinting by means of facial expression; an instance of this.
The action of mump; begging. Later also: the acceptance of small bribes.
That grimaces or assumes a demure, sanctimonious, or melancholy expression; querulous, complaining.
That begs; given to begging.
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.
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