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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
bum•ble1 /ˈbʌmbəl/USA pronunciation   v. [no object], -bled, -bling. 
  1. to do a poor job;
    bungle;
    muddle.
  2. to stumble awkwardly or clumsily:He bumbled into the room.
bum•bler, n. [countable]

bum•ble2 /ˈbʌmbəl/USA pronunciation   v. [no object], -bled, -bling. 
  1. to make a buzzing, humming sound, as a bee.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
bum•ble1  (bumbəl),USA pronunciation v.,  -bled, -bling, n. 
v.i. 
  1. to bungle or blunder awkwardly;
    muddle:He somehow bumbled through two years of college.
  2. to stumble or stagger.
  3. to speak in a low, stuttering, halting manner;
    mumble.

v.t. 
  1. to do (something) clumsily;
    botch.

n. 
  1. an awkward blunder.
bumbler, n. 
  • perh. blend of, blended bungle and stumble 1525–35

bum•ble2  (bumbəl),USA pronunciation v.i.,  -bled, -bling. 
  1. to make a buzzing, humming sound, as a bee.
  • 1350–1400; Middle English bomblen, frequentative of bomben to boom, buzz; imitative


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bumble /ˈbʌmbəl/ vb
  1. to speak or do in a clumsy, muddled, or inefficient way
  2. (intransitive) to proceed unsteadily; stumble
Etymology: 16th Century: perhaps a blend of bungle + stumble

ˈbumbler n ˈbumbling n , adj



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