Meaning of maffle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmaf(ə)l/


[no object] dialect British
  • 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.’
    • ‘With vehement signs and maffling cries he showed us he was come out from Hayil to seek me.’
    • ‘He was an auld, doddering man, a maffling, feckless auld doit.’
    mutter, murmur, speak indistinctly, talk under one's breath, speak sotto voce, talk to oneself


Late Middle English of uncertain origin; compare early modern Dutch maffelen ‘move the jaws’.