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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Officials bumbled through their explanations of why the hospital had been bombed.
▪ Despite Dulles's bumbling, these interests were secure.
▪ Freedom party scandals as well as bumbled performances by some of its ministers probably hurt the party as well.
▪ He bumbled around for a bit, trying to coil up the string and push the wood into tidy heaps.
▪ Neither Torres nor Gutierrez Varea seems to have figured out what to do about the bumbling, controlling Michael.
▪ Newly discovered papers reveal that behind his bumbling front Betjeman was an exceedingly good spy.
▪ The Frankenstein creature is kid stuff horror: one-dimensional, mundane, bumbling, awkward, clumsily destructive.
▪ They were introduced by Jack's bumbling old friend Schultz.
▪ You may know it as an eccentric home to raw-boned miners, bumbling Biospherians and one fine little hilltop saloon.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bumble \Bum"ble\, v. i. To make a hollow or humming noise, like that of a bumblebee; to buzz; to cry as a bittern.

As a bittern bumbleth in the mire.


Bumble \Bum"ble\, n. [See Bump to boom.] (Zo["o]l.) The bittern. [Local, Eng.]


Bumble \Bum"ble\, v. i. to act ineptly or without clear understanding of what one is doing; to blunder; to stumble about; -- sometimes used with around.


Bumble \Bum"ble\, v. t. to bungle (a task).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"self-important petty official," 1856, from the name of the fussy, pompous, stupid beadle in Dickens' "Oliver Twist."


"to flounder, blunder," 1530s, probably of imitative origin. Related: Bumbled; bumbler; bumbling.\n


Etymology 1 n. A confusion, jumble. vb. To act in an inept, clumsy or inexpert manner; to make mistakes. Etymology 2

n. 1 A bumble-bee. 2 (context UK dialect English) The bittern. vb. (context intransitive English) To boom, as a bittern; to buzz, as a fly.

  1. v. make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement" [syn: botch, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]

  2. walk unsteadily; "The drunk man stumbled about" [syn: stumble, falter]

  3. speak haltingly; "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room" [syn: stutter, stammer, falter]


Bumble may refer to:

  • Bumble (app)
  • Bumble (TV series), a New Zealand children's show
  • Oliver B. Bumble, a fictional bear in a series of Dutch comic books by Marten Toonder
  • David Lloyd (cricketer) (born 1947), nicknamed Bumble
  • Mr. Bumble, a fictional character in the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • "Bumble" or The Abominable Snowman, a fictional monster and the main antagonist in the 1964 TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Bumble, a fictional bee in the British children's TV series Fifi and the Flowertots
  • Bumble, a character from the video game Kinectimals
Bumble (TV series)

Bumble is a New Zealand children's television series for children ages 2–7 featuring a magical bee. The title character is played by Jason Gunn. The series is produced for TVNZ by Gunn's wife, Janine Morrell-Gunn.

It also features Bumble's friends: Peek, Boo, Anna and Fishy. The show officially started in 1999 and ended in 2002.

Fishy is Maori, and known for his tagline "Kia Ora Bumble".

Bumble (app)

Bumble is a location-based social and dating application which facilitates communication between interested users. The app permits only women to start a chat with their matches.

Usage examples of "bumble".

The Absentminded Bumbling Bookish Boob a Bit Too Frequent in His Use of the Sauce.

So, although he may yet be a bit of a bumbler, something of a bookish boob, a man given to a bit too much drinking, and still a klutz much top humanly prone to err, let us keep sight of the fact that he is learning something of the verities of Life-for he is, above all, a man of good intentions.

She shook her head, unable to answer, just as a large fat bumble bee flew dozily towards her.

So that is how this anti- war activist, a near- blind, bumbling draftee, became a second lieutenant leading an army platoon in the war against Japan in the South Pacific.

I turned the Bumbler on Festina, I could see the germs in her lungs, her stomach, her digestive tract, her bloodstream.

Please recall that as a fribble of the highest order I am much more interested in my own assorted schemes and bumble broths to give a thought to anyone else.

That enormous wet tongue caught the back of my knees as the loopy creature bumbled after us.

Terrorists will always be depicted as proper Charlies: bumbling incompetents, jargon-spouting nitwits, psychotic illiterates, scruffy unlaid losers barely competent to light the fuse and retire in correct sequence.

Briefly El wondered how far along the road those two bumbling mages had gotten to yestereve on their recalcitrant mules.

And you have made the Meth into bumbling imitations of the humans you admire.

Thirty seconds later, I was on my feet, the Bumbler strapped to my back, and my stunner in hand.

A milk float bumbled up the Ealing Road and stopped before the Flying Swan.

Sunday morning, after a grueling trek from Winchester, Captain John Daniel Imboden and his four smoothbore six-pounders bumbled into Manassas.

Hungarian and bossy, a creature of muumuus and dyed auburn tresses, which she wears parted down the center and plastered into place with sprays that have sat on the grocery-store shelves since the beehive hairdo bumbled out of fashion in 1966.

Their honest, sincere bumbling testimonies made a terrific impact on other addicts.