bumble

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[ buhm-buhl ]
/ ˈbʌm bəl /

verb (used without object), bum·bled, bum·bling.

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.

verb (used with object), bum·bled, bum·bling.

to do (something) clumsily; botch.

noun

an awkward blunder.

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Origin of bumble

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1525–35; perhaps blend of bungle and stumble

OTHER WORDS FROM bumble

bumbler, noun

Definition for bumble (2 of 2)

bumble2
[ buhm-buhl ]
/ ˈbʌm bəl /

verb (used without object), bum·bled, bum·bling.

to make a buzzing, humming sound, as a bee.

Origin of bumble

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1350–1400; Middle English bomblen, frequentative of bomben to boom, buzz; imitative
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Example sentences from the Web for bumble

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British Dictionary definitions for bumble (1 of 2)

bumble1
/ (ˈbʌmbəl) /

verb

to speak or do in a clumsy, muddled, or inefficient wayhe bumbled his way through his speech
(intr) to proceed unsteadily; stumble

noun

a blunder or botch

Derived forms of bumble

bumbler, nounbumbling, noun, adjective

Word Origin for bumble

C16: perhaps a blend of bungle + stumble

British Dictionary definitions for bumble (2 of 2)

bumble2
/ (ˈbʌmbəl) /

verb

(intr) to make a humming sound

Word Origin for bumble

C14 bomblen to buzz, boom, of imitative origin
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