- 1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move or act in an awkward or confused manner: they bumbled around the houseMore example sentences
blunder, lurch, stumble, wobble, lumber, shamble, shuffle, stagger, totter, teeter, reel, weave, pitch, muddle, flounder, falterblundering, bungling, amateurish, incompetent, inept, unskilful, inexpert, clumsy, maladroit, gauche, awkward, inefficient, muddled, oafish, clodhopping, stumbling, lumbering, foolish, useless; crude, botched
- The Flames have stumbled and bumbled around the offensive zone all series, particularly when the incomparable Iginla hasn't been on the ice.
- His IQ was plummeting at each attempt, so to keep him from reaching zero I slowly edged by as he bumbled around on the roadside readying for another go.
- All through Coronation Street he bumbled around, not ever quite standing out.
- 2 [no object] Speak in a confused or indistinct way: the succeeding speakers bumbledMore example sentences
- Legislative Assembly Speaker Judy Maddigan was not there, although bumbling and soon departing Jim Claven was, chairing the meeting so tragically that Bracksy didn't even notice him.
- And in a parliamentary debate before the war, he rescued a bumbling John Major by speaking passionately in favour of war.
- When he won, the elite questioned whether the college dropout was up to running the country and scoffed at his reputation as a bumbling public speaker, bon vivant and serial womanizer.
- 2.1 [with adverbial] (Of an insect) buzz or hum: she watched a bee bumble among the flowersMore example sentences
- A bee bumbles along near the Alyssum in the garden, importantly busy.
- The bee bumbled too close to the snake for my comfort.
- A fat bee bumbled past, hardly clearing the ground.
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- Not a few biographies of Napoleon portray him as a megalomaniac (for which there is real evidence in the later years of the empire) and even a bumbler.
- He was unpopular, seen as a political bumbler, and during his time hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in massive pro-democracy protests.
- The CIA was not impressed, dismissing the would-be politician as an inept bumbler.