verb (1)
bum·​ble | \ ˈbəm-bəl How to pronounce bumble (audio) \
bumbled; bumbling\ ˈbəm-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce bumble (audio) \

Definition of bumble

 (Entry 1 of 2)


verb (2)
bumbled; bumbling

Definition of bumble (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : blunder specifically : to speak ineptly in a stuttering and faltering manner
2 : to proceed unsteadily : stumble

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Verb (2)

bumbler \ ˈbəm-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce bumble (audio) \ noun

Examples of bumble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The episode kicks off with Rinna continuing to bumble around in the IKEA cupboards in her garage. Jodi Walker, EW.com, 26 Aug. 2021 Zach Woods and Suzy Nakamura round out the cast as other Avenue 5 employees, all of whom bumble around while attempting to maintain order onboard. Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2020 This book by the editors of the blog Lawfare isn’t just another compendium of insider gossip and bumbling treachery. New York Times, 13 Feb. 2020 Jim Parsons is a mercurial wonder as Henry Willson, the brutal, high-powered agent (and closeted homosexual) who turns bumbling Roy into marquee star Rock Hudson through sheer force of will (and compulsory dental work). Darren Franich, EW.com, 29 Apr. 2020 The Lakers looked like a bumbling organization, and the Pelicans looked inept. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 16 June 2019 Men are often presented as bumbling babysitters instead of caretakers — that onerous task nearly always falls on the mother. Maia Efrem, refinery29.com, 15 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of bumble

Verb (1)

1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1533, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bumble

Verb (1)

Middle English bomblen to boom, of imitative origin

Verb (2)

perhaps alteration of bungle

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“Bumble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumble. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for bumble


bum·​ble | \ ˈbəm-bəl How to pronounce bumble (audio) \
bumbled; bumbling

Kids Definition of bumble

: to act, move, or speak in a clumsy way No more could he afford to be the silly little novice that had bumbled about the Abbey …— Brian Jacques, Redwall


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