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intransitive verb bumbled, bumbling
- to blunder
- to stumble
to bungle or botch
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, bum·bles verb, intransitive
- To speak in a faltering manner.
- To move, act, or proceed clumsily. See Synonyms at blunder.
To bungle; botch.
Origin: Perhaps blend of bungle and stumble.
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intransitive verb bum·bled
To make a humming or droning sound; buzz. noun
A humming or droning sound; a buzz.
Origin: Middle English bomblen, of imitative origin.