bumble

1
[buhm-buh l]
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verb (used without object), bum·bled, bum·bling.
  1. to bungle or blunder awkwardly; muddle: He somehow bumbled through two years of college.
  2. to stumble or stagger.
  3. to speak in a low, stuttering, halting manner; mumble.
verb (used with object), bum·bled, bum·bling.
  1. to do (something) clumsily; botch.
noun
  1. an awkward blunder.

Origin of bumble

1
1525–35; perhaps blend of bungle and stumble
Related formsbum·bler, noun

bumble

2
[buhm-buh l]
verb (used without object), bum·bled, bum·bling.
  1. to make a buzzing, humming sound, as a bee.

Origin of bumble

2
1350–1400; Middle English bomblen, frequentative of bomben to boom, buzz; imitative
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Related Words for bumble

stumble, bungle, bobble, jumble, veil, muffle, blunder, bramble

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British Dictionary definitions for bumble

bumble

1
verb
  1. to speak or do in a clumsy, muddled, or inefficient wayhe bumbled his way through his speech
  2. (intr) to proceed unsteadily; stumble
noun
  1. a blunder or botch
Derived Formsbumbler, nounbumbling, noun, adjective

Word Origin for bumble

C16: perhaps a blend of bungle + stumble

bumble

2
verb
  1. (intr) to make a humming sound

Word Origin for bumble

C14 bomblen to buzz, boom, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for bumble
v.

"to flounder, blunder," 1530s, probably of imitative origin. Related: Bumbled; bumbler; bumbling.

Bumble

"self-important petty official," 1856, from the name of the fussy, pompous, stupid beadle in Dickens' "Oliver Twist."

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