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v. bum·bled, bum·bling, bum·bles
1. To speak in a faltering manner.
2. To move, act, or proceed clumsily. See Synonyms at blunder.
3. To make a buzzing sound.
1. To say (something) in a faltering manner.
2. To bungle; botch: bumble one's lines in a play.
intr.v. bum·bled, bum·bling, bum·bles
To make a humming or droning sound; buzz.
A humming or droning sound; a buzz.
[Middle English bomblen, of imitative origin.]
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|Adj.||1.||bumbling - lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands; "a bumbling mechanic"; "a bungling performance"; "ham-handed governmental interference"; "could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature"- Mary H. Vorse|
maladroit - not adroit; "a maladroit movement of his hand caused the car to swerve"; "a maladroit translation"; "maladroit propaganda"