A block of peat; a spade's depth in digging turf.
Late 18th century (in an earlier sense). Origin uncertain: perhaps alteration of lump, or perhaps a specific use of the singular form corresponding to mumps.
1To assume a demure, melancholy, or sanctimonious expression; to be silent and sullen; to sulk, mope.
2To grumble, complain peevishly. Now often in "to mump and moan".
3To utter indistinctly or inarticulately, as if with toothless gums; to mumble, mutter. Also with out.
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). Apparently from an imitative base of Germanic origin. Compare Dutch mompen to mumble (rare, poetic), German †mumpfen to chew with a full mouth, Icelandic mumpa to cackle, to mutter, murmur, mumpra to eat greedily, to mumble, to distort the mouth, Norwegian regional mompe, mumpe to chew with a full mouth, stuff oneself.
1slang, dialect To beg, go about begging; to sponge upon.
2slang Of a police officer: to accept a small gift or bribe in return for services.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). Apparently from Dutch mompen to cheat, deceive, conceal, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to mompen to mumble, though the nature of the relationship is unclear.