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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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1. To heave or contract as if about to vomit (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 353).

2. Phr. to mumple in the mouth, to chuckle, to twitch the lips with suppressed mirth.Sc. 1834 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) IV. 64:
An auld gentleman ahint me, who was kecklin like a gouty gander . . . I . . . askt the odious dotard if it wasna maist laithsome to see him hotchin on his seat, and to hear him mumplin in the mouth at sic a sicht.

[Freq. of Mump, v.1]

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