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1 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]

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Etymology 1

Onomatopoeic. Confer bungle, jumble, fumble.


  1. A confusion, jumble.


  1. To act in an inept, clumsy or inexpert manner; to make mistakes.
    Spiders build webs and wait for insects to bumble into them.

Etymology 2

  • Noun: From the verb.
  • Verb: Frequentative of boom and/or bum.


  1. A bumble-bee.
  2. (provincial) The bittern.


  1. To boom, as a bittern; to buzz, as a fly.

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Extensive Definition

Bumble may refer to:
  • Bumblebee (also spelt bumble bee), a flying insect of the genus Bombus.
  • Bumble Bees (song), the 2000 single by the Scandinavian dance-pop group Aqua.
  • Bumble Bee Slim (real name Amos Easton, 1905–1968), a best-selling Blues artist in the 1930s.
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

be all thumbs, blow, blunder, blunder away, blunder into, blunder on, blunder upon, bobble, boggle, bollix, bombinate, botch, bum, bungle, butcher, buzz, commit a gaffe, drone, faux pas, flounder, fumble, lumber, lurch, mar, miscue, mucker, muddle, muff, murder, play havoc with, screw up, slip, snapper, spoil, strum, stumble, thrum, trip
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