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Monsieur, we may observe, had completely superseded the bumbler, just as a colonel supersedes a captain on coming up.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 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."