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

Definition of bumble

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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 bumbler (audio) \ noun

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Five days after his bumbling performance provoked hysteria, the 49ers quarterback was back to inspiring hosannas. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Exhale: 49ers’ Garoppolo calms fears with bounce-back performance," 24 Aug. 2019 Facebook recently announced the new open source platform, which allows computer scientists to train artificial intelligence agents in virtual rooms, no bumbling around a couch or bumping into a wall required. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Facebook is teaching AI how to best navigate your home," 18 June 2019 If only Chris and Kendall had been bumbling their way inside at the same time, Chris might have gotten his Hollywood meet-cute. Neil Drumming, Washington Post, "Date Lab: He was hoping for an old-fashioned meet-cute," 22 Aug. 2019 Ramirez muttered and sighed as the teens, with their baby faces and coltish bodies, bumbled a run-through. Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times, "Gay shopkeeper stands his ground in a Central Valley town, carving out space for others," 20 Aug. 2019 In addition to Moner, who’s half-Peruvian, the film also stars Eva Longoria and Michael Peña as Dora’s parents and Derbez as Dora’s bumbling jungle partner Alejandro. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Dora the Explorer rediscovered in ‘Lost City of Gold’," 31 July 2019 Police have released video of a man who stumbled and bumbled his way through a Dollar General store, stealing cigarettes, alcohol, food, electronics and other items. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Columbus police release video showing clumsy ‘Bobcat’ burglar stumbling through Dollar General," 14 Aug. 2019 Gene Stupnitsky’s new film, which follows three middle schoolers bumbling their way through a crazy night, balances dirty jokes with insight. 12:55 PM ET The title of Good Boys is not a misnomer. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Good Boys Is a Raunchy but Sweet Comedy," 12 Aug. 2019 Enchanting poetry, love run amuck, bumbling comedy, and fanciful antics under the summer stars combine for a perfect night at Marin County's only professional Shakespeare company, now celebrating its 30th anniversary season! SFChronicle.com, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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