Mr. bumble had married Mrs. Corney, and was master of the workhouse.
bumble was not about, and I said casually that I supposed the old dog was dead.
Have the goodness to look at me, said Mr. bumble, fixing his eyes upon her.
Again Mr. bumble coughed,louder this time than he had coughed yet.
bumble, just step up to Sowerberry's with your cane, and see what's best to be done.
Indeed, the two chairs touched; and when they did so, Mr. bumble stopped.
Mr. bumble had a great idea of his oratorical powers and his importance.
I meant no harm, young man, observed Mr. bumble, majestically.
No, she cant, replied Mr. bumble; but shell come and see you sometimes.
Mr. bumble grasped the undertaker by the arm, and led him into the building.
"to flounder, blunder," 1530s, probably of imitative origin. Related: Bumbled; bumbler; bumbling.
"self-important petty official," 1856, from the name of the fussy, pompous, stupid beadle in Dickens' "Oliver Twist."