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bum·ble 1

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.

[Perhaps blend of bungle and stumble.]

bum′bler n.

bum·ble 2

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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bumbler - someone who makes mistakes because of incompetencebumbler - someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
incompetent, incompetent person - someone who is not competent to take effective action


nStümper(in) m(f) (pej), → Pfuscher(in) m(f) (pej)
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