bumble

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbʌmbəl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌmbəl

Etymology 1[edit]

Onomatopoeia. Compare bungle, jumble, and fumble.

Noun[edit]

bumble (plural bumbles)

  1. A confusion; a jumble.

Verb[edit]

bumble (third-person singular simple present bumbles, present participle bumbling, simple past and past participle bumbled)

  1. To act in an inept, clumsy or inexpert manner; to make mistakes.
    Spiders build webs and wait for insects to bumble into them.
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Etymology 2[edit]

  • Verb: Frequentative of boom and/or bum, equivalent to bum +‎ -le.
  • Noun: From the verb.

Verb[edit]

bumble (third-person singular simple present bumbles, present participle bumbling, simple past and past participle bumbled)

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

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Noun[edit]

bumble (plural bumbles)

  1. A bumble-bee.
  2. (Britain, dialect) The bittern.