stum·​ble·​bum | \ ˈstəm-bəl-ˌbəm How to pronounce stumblebum (audio) \

Definition of stumblebum

: a clumsy or inept person especially : an inept boxer

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His political opponents have portrayed him as an inept stumblebum.
Recent Examples on the Web As opposed to palookas and has-beens and tin cans and stumblebums, a player who got waived departed with his dignity intact. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "My Best Hoop Dream: Get Waived and Keep the Money," 2 Nov. 2018 The physicians lining up with Teirstein are not a bunch of stumblebums afraid of a few tests. Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek, "The Ugly Civil War in American Medicine," 10 Mar. 2015 From the mid-1960s through the early ’70s, my prime rooting years, the Yankees were a team of stumblebums not even redeemed by charm. James Traub, WSJ, "The Yankees Are No Longer the Evil Empire," 6 Oct. 2017 Gerald Ford, for all his stumblebum image, was a Yale Law School graduate and veteran of legislative details. James Fallows, The Atlantic, "Trump's Latest Interview Highlights Four of His Greatest Flaws," 20 July 2017

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Stumblebum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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US, informal : a clumsy and stupid person

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