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Mum (interjection)

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Mum. interject. [Of this word I know not the original; it may be observed, that when it is pronounced it leaves the lips closed.] A word denoting prohibition to speak, or resolution not to speak; silence; hush.

Mum then, and no more proceed. Shakesp. Tempest.

Well said, master; mum! and gaze your fill. Shakesp.

The citizens are mum, say not a word. Shak. Rich. III.

Intrust it under solemn vows
Of mum, and silence, and the rose.
Hudibras, p. iii.

Sources: Butler, Samuel (98) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71) · Shakespeare's Tempest (50)

Attributes: Interjection (5) · Onomatopoeia (3)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Mum (interjection)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 13, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=19785.


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