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bumble

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌmb(ə)l
 
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Definition of bumble in English:

verb

1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move or act in an awkward or confused manner: they bumbled around the house
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
blunder, lurch, stumble, wobble, lumber, shamble, shuffle, stagger, totter, teeter, reel, weave, pitch, muddle, flounder, falter
blundering, bungling, amateurish, incompetent, inept, unskilful, inexpert, clumsy, maladroit, gauche, awkward, inefficient, muddled, oafish, clodhopping, stumbling, lumbering, foolish, useless;
crude, botched
informal ham-fisted, ham-handed, cack-handed
2 [no object] Speak in a confused or indistinct way: the succeeding speakers bumbled
More 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.
Synonyms
ramble, babble, burble, drivel, gibber, blather, mumble, mutter, stumble
2.1 [with adverbial] (Of an insect) buzz or hum: she watched a bee bumble among the flowers
More 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.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'hum, drone'): from boom1 + -le4.

Derivatives

bumbler

1
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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