1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move or act in an awkward or confused manner: they bumbled around the house
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- 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.
blunder, lurch, stumble, wobble, lumber, shamble, shuffle, stagger, totter, teeter, reel, weave, pitch, muddle, flounder, falter;
Scottish & Northern Irish sprauchle
blundering, bungling, amateurish, incompetent, inept, unskilful, inexpert, clumsy, maladroit, gauche, awkward, inefficient, muddled, oafish, clodhopping, stumbling, lumbering, foolish, useless;
2 [no object] Speak in a confused or indistinct way: the succeeding speakers bumbled
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- 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.
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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.
Words that rhyme with bumblecrumble, fumble, grumble, humble, jumble, mumble, rough-and-tumble, rumble, scumble, stumble, tumble, umbel
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