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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.]
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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
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When being interviewed, Boris' speech is incoherent, he is a complete bumbler. When Jeremy Corbyn speaks people might disagree with what he is saying but at least he is coherent.
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The demand is sensible on the eve of the Tories foisting on a sceptical Britain poisonous bumbler Alexander Boris de Piffle Johnson - a lazy, incompetent liar, uniquely unsuitable to be PM.
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His diaries give a vivid account of her bitter clashes with her foreign secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe - she described him as "that old bumbler" behind his back.
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He's really bad, but he's funny, and he's got Smee (played by Steve Walls) who's a real bumbler. They're unlikely pirates really.
One of the film's delights is how Pegg and Nick Frost, his masterfully funny co-star in all three films, have reversed personalities since "Hot Fuzz.'' Whereas Pegg was an uptight, overachieving cop there and Frost the bumbling sidekick, now it's Pegg who's the bumbler -- scruffy and unkempt, in a long black coat and dark shades, hilariously messed up.
Here every private citizen is a panicky, incompetent bumbler whose shooting technique is to point the gun in the direction of the threat, yank the trigger as quickly as possible until the gun stops firing, look at it in disbelief, and then throw it away.