bumble

1 [buhm-buhl]
verb (used without object), bumbled, bumbling.
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.
verb (used with object), bumbled, bumbling.
4.
to do (something) clumsily; botch.
noun
5.
an awkward blunder.

Origin:
1525–35; perhaps blend of bungle and stumble

bumbler, noun
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bumble

2 [buhm-buhl]
verb (used without object), bumbled, bumbling.
to make a buzzing, humming sound, as a bee.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English bomblen, frequentative of bomben to boom, buzz; imitative

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bumble1 (ˈbʌmbəl)
 
vb
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
 
n
3.  a blunder or botch
 
[C16: perhaps a blend of bungle + stumble]
 
'bumbler1
 
n
 
'bumbling1
 
n, —adj

bumble2 (ˈbʌmbəl)
 
vb
(intr) to make a humming sound
 
[C14 bomblen to buzz, boom, of imitative origin]

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bumble
"to flounder, blunder," 1530s, probably of imitative origin.

Bumble
"self-important petty official," 1856, from name of fussy, pompous, stupid beadle in Dickens' "Oliver Twist."
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Example sentences
They bumble along through life never really contemplating the life they live
  unaware in difficult to define ways.
The social bees, both honey and bumble, have a distinctive set that consists of
  surprisingly few species.
Honey bees and bumble bees help transfer pollen between fruit trees, necessary
  for producing healthy crops of edible fruit.
Description and comparison of carpenter bees to bumble bees.
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