bumble

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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bumble

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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The 25-year-old Texan bumbled his way to a 76 that put him four shots in arrears of winner Francisco Molinari, who certainly played well enough to win but benefited mightily from Spieth’s collapse. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Masters: What’s wrong with Jordan Spieth?," 11 Apr. 2019 The Lakers looked like a bumbling organization, and the Pelicans looked inept. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Secret to his success? Pelicans' David Griffin struck quickly with Anthony Davis trade," 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, "The Movies That Get Fatherhood All Wrong — & The Ones That Get It Right," 15 June 2019 As frustrations continued, bumbling British bashfulness was exchanged for fury. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Reclaiming Britishness from the Brexit Debacle," 10 June 2019 The actor who played the bumbling high schooler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, was praised for his role and went on to secure a nomination for the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance in 2008. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Seth Rogen and Fans of Superbad Wish McLovin a Happy 38th Birthday," 4 June 2019 This time around, the actor plays a bumbling teen named Otis. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Asa Butterfield on Playing “Sex Wizard” Otis on “Sex Education” and What He Hopes Young People Learn From the Hilariously Heartwarming Netflix Series," 14 Jan. 2019 Season 7, Episode 6 Consider Peep Show a kind of follow-up to Absolutely Fabulous, but with two bumbling Gen X bros; this New Year’s Eve episode is no exception to Mark and Jeremy’s usual cringe-worthy comedic antics. Vogue, "The Best New Year’s Eve–Theme Movies and TV Shows to Watch Tonight," 31 Dec. 2018 Men are often presented as bumbling babysitters instead of caretakers — that onerous task nearly always falls on the mother. refinery29.com, "The Movies That Get Fatherhood All Wrong — & The Ones That Get It Right," 13 June 2018

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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

verb
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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