- 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
- to make a buzzing, humming sound, as a bee.
Origin of bumble2
Examples from the Web for bumble
In 1273 Mr. Bumble's name was spelt bon-bel, good and beautiful.The Romance of Names
“The Bumble Bee rows Ray, but she likes her,” was the general verdict.
The Bumble says the value of school life consists in its ‘give and take’.
Bumble was not about, and I said casually that I supposed the old dog was dead.Wandering Ghosts
F. Marion Crawford
Again Mr. Bumble coughed,louder this time than he had coughed yet.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)
- 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
- (intr) to make a humming sound
Word Origin and History for bumble
"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."