bumbling

[ buhm-bling ]
/ ˈbʌm blɪŋ /

adjective

liable to make awkward blunders: a bumbling mechanic.
clumsily incompetent or ineffectual: bumbling diplomacy.

noun

the act or practice of making blunders: The bumbling of their officers cost them the battle.

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Origin of bumbling

First recorded in 1525–35; bumble1 + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM bumbling

bum·bling·ly, adverb
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