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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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 The characters in Kore-eda’s film, which took the top prize at Cannes, are jumbled together in multigenerational squalor (and include a bumbling grandmotherly matriarch, Hatsue). Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Shoplifters Is One of 2018’s Most Stunning Films," 28 Nov. 2018 Then a flock of children bumbles through, on the way back to class from the playground. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Newtown Came Back," 1 Aug. 2018 Observers of the hearing wondered if Kavanaugh’s bumbling response was simply a ploy to avoid offering a damning response, while others suggested that the gambit was an effective way for Harris to generate buzz ahead of 2020. Li Zhou, Vox, "Kamala Harris’s mysterious Kasowitz question during the Kavanaugh hearings, explained," 6 Sep. 2018 An empty parking lot, students bumbling in and out of an attendance office, children bouncing a ball around a blacktop. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 In the first season, Jesse teamed up with Tulip and Cassidy against a pair of bumbling angelic agents—members of an organization called The Grail—sent to retrieve Genesis and bring it back to heaven. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Preacher ends third season with a pop, not a bang," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of bumble

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1532, 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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