From Middle English mommen ‎(mutter, be silent) and Middle High German mummenschantze ‎(game of chance as part of a masquerade, mime performance, revel), from Old French momen ‎(mask) and chance ‎(game of chance).



mumchance ‎(comparative more mumchance, superlative most mumchance)

  1. Mute, or not speaking; silent.
    • 1966, Paul Scott, The Jewel in the Crown, p. 69
      I wrote Miss Crane off as mediocre because although she chatted quite pleasantly and intelligently over coffee she was mostly mumpchance at the dinner table. Oh, not mumpchance tout court.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 446:
      The two little children stood mumchance, but with a kindly air.

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mumchance ‎(plural mumchances)

  1. An old game of chance played with cards in silence.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Decker to this entry?)
  2. A silent, stupid person.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)


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