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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.]
1. to speak or do in a clumsy, muddled, or inefficient way: he bumbled his way through his speech.
2. (intr) to proceed unsteadily; stumble
a blunder or botch
[C16: perhaps a blend of bungle + stumble]
ˈbumbling n, adj
(intr) to make a humming sound
[C14 bomblen to buzz, boom, of imitative origin]
v. -bled, -bling,
1. to bungle or blunder awkwardly.
2. to stumble or stagger.
3. to mumble.v.t.
4. to bungle or botch.n.
5. an awkward blunder.
v.i. -bled, -bling.
to make a buzzing, humming sound.
[1350–1400; Middle English bomblen, frequentative of bomben to buzz]
Past participle: bumbled
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|Verb||1.||bumble - make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"|
bobble, bodge, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch, botch up, bungle, flub, fluff, foul up, fuck up, louse up, mess up, mishandle, muck up, ball up, spoil, muff, screw up, fumble, blow
|2.||bumble - walk unsteadily; "The drunk man stumbled about"|
walk - use one's feet to advance; advance by steps; "Walk, don't run!"; "We walked instead of driving"; "She walks with a slight limp"; "The patient cannot walk yet"; "Walk over to the cabinet"
|3.||bumble - speak haltingly; "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room"|