bumbling


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bum·ble 1

 (bŭm′bəl)
v. bum·bled, bum·bling, bum·bles
v.intr.
1. To speak in a faltering manner.
2. To move, act, or proceed clumsily. See Synonyms at blunder.
3. To make a buzzing sound.
v.tr.
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

 (bŭm′bəl)
intr.v. bum·bled, bum·bling, bum·bles
To make a humming or droning sound; buzz.
n.
A humming or droning sound; a buzz.

[Middle English bomblen, of imitative origin.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"

bumbling

adjective clumsy, awkward, blundering, bungling, incompetent, inefficient, lumbering, inept, maladroit a clumsy, bumbling, inarticulate figure
able, fit, capable, efficient, competent, brisk

bumbling

adjective
Clumsily lacking in the ability to do or perform:
Translations

bumbling

[ˈbʌmblɪŋ]
A. ADJ (= inept) → inepto, inútil; (= muttering) → que habla a tropezones
B. Ndivagación f

bumbling

[ˈbʌmblɪŋ] adj [person] → empoté(e)

bumbling

adj (= clumsy)schusselig (inf); some bumbling idiotirgend so ein Vollidiot (inf)
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