- to bungle or blunder awkwardly; muddle: He somehow bumbled through two years of college.
- to stumble or stagger.
- to speak in a low, stuttering, halting manner; mumble.
- to do (something) clumsily; botch.
- an awkward blunder.
Origin of bumble1
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Examples from the Web for bumbler
But here comes the Bumbler, and now for the agony of the entertainment.
Monsieur, we may observe, had completely superseded the Bumbler, just as a colonel supersedes a captain on coming up.
- to speak or do in a clumsy, muddled, or inefficient wayhe bumbled his way through his speech
- (intr) to proceed unsteadily; stumble
- a blunder or botch
C16: perhaps a blend of bungle + stumble
- (intr) to make a humming sound
C14 bomblen to buzz, boom, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for bumbler
"to flounder, blunder," 1530s, probably of imitative origin. Related: Bumbled; bumbler; bumbling.
"self-important petty official," 1856, from the name of the fussy, pompous, stupid beadle in Dickens' "Oliver Twist."
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