Monday, October 23, 2017
Mumchance's the Word
1. intr. To masquerade. Obs. rare.Id., s.v. mumchance, n. and adj.:
2. intr. Eng. regional. To keep silent, to remain sullenly silent.
A. n."A person who has nothing to say" — that describes me perfectly. Michael Mumchance.
1. (a) A dice game resembling hazard. Now hist. (b) In extended use: a chance, a hazardous venture (cf. HAZARD n. and adj. Phrases 2). Now Eng. regional (rare).
2. Silence. to play mumchance: to keep a dogged silence. Obs.
3. Sc. Masquerade; mumming. Obs.
4. A person who acts in a mime or dumbshow; (hence) a person who has nothing to say. Also used as a nickname, or as the type of a silent person. Now Eng. regional.
Silent, mute; tongue-tied. Frequently in to sit (also stand, etc.) mumchance.
- Men of Few Words
- Acanthian Cicada
- Taciturn in Seven Ancient Languages
- Character of a Taciturn Person
- Silent in Seven Languages
- Unfit for the Society of the Living
- Burton's Characters
- Unit of Taciturnity: The Dirac
- Ich bin ein Boeotier
- The Merest Statue of a Man
- One of the Most Ungregarious of Beings
- Small Talk
- Penury of Words
- Portrait of a Shy Man