When you maunder, you talk in a rambling mutter. People being questioned by reporters should try to answer articulately — they shouldn't just maunder in response.

The difference between a great speech and an interminably boring one is that a good speaker keeps it short (and often funny), but a bad one tends to maunder in a mumbling voice. A novelist who tends to have her characters maunder on endlessly needs a skilled editor. Although maunder sometimes also means "wander aimlessly," it doesn't come from the similar meander but probably from a root meaning "to beg."

Definitions of maunder
  1. verb
    speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
  2. verb
    talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
    synonyms: mumble, mussitate, mutter
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  3. verb
    wander aimlessly
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    type of:
    cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander
    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
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