Bumbles

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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