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1[no object] Move or act in an awkward or confused manner.‘they bumbled around the house’
blundering, bungling, amateurish, incompetent, inept, unskilful, inexpert, clumsy, maladroit, gauche, awkward, inefficient, muddled, oafish, clodhopping, stumbling, lumbering, foolish, uselesscrude, botchedham-fisted, ham-handed, cack-handedblunder, lurch, stumble, wobble, lumber, shamble, shuffle, stagger, totter, teeter, reel, weave, pitch, muddle, flounder, falterView synonyms
- ‘The sport is used to moving at a leisurely pace, and bumbled along happily enough for 116 years before it got around to holding its first World Cup.’
- ‘He bumbled around working out what he needed, so green around the gills, that one had to laugh.’
- ‘Got back to the polling station, and the turnout was still bumbling along in its slow way, if much quieter than before.’
- ‘Nevertheless Owen, having hit a post in the previous game and again unnerved Argentina with his speed, was a disappointment while Heskey bumbled around.’
- ‘At first he appears unassuming and on occasion bumbling yet his disarming manner, like that of Louis Theroux, is one that seems to entice his interviewee into spilling the beans.’
- ‘We bumbled around trying to figure out where to camp when a nice chap, although a bit of a wimp, invited us to join him at his campsite, which we happily did.’
- ‘Alexander begins the film as a socially awkward scientist, bumbling and sweet, with a penchant for pocket watches and professorish vested suits.’
- ‘If I hadn't done that, I'd probably still be bumbling along wondering why I could barely do a leg curl.’
- ‘Lee's debut on the Xbox does not resemble a dragon, but prefers to plod along like a sloth, short on all the crucial fronts, lazily bumbling along everywhere else.’
- ‘The Flames have stumbled and bumbled around the offensive zone all series, particularly when the incomparable Iginla hasn't been on the ice.’
- ‘After midnight he bumbles along, but listened to at other times of the day his eccentricities merely irritate.’
- ‘His IQ was plummeting at each attempt, so to keep him from reaching zero I slowly edged by as he bumbled around on the roadside readying for another go.’
- ‘Randall, with his silly-looking mullet and penchant for pyramid-scheme businesses, bumbles along with barely a clue.’
- ‘He got up to follow her as she bumbled around the kitchen.’
- ‘Society will ‘spend’ lives on lots of things, and it would be nice if we did so with some amount of introspection rather than just by bumbling along.’
- ‘All through Coronation Street he bumbled around, not ever quite standing out.’
- ‘It's a welcome change to see Hugh Grant play the role of a devious weasel instead of the awkward, bumbling, confused nice guy in his previous films.’
- ‘We bumbled around each other like Laurel and Hardy in the gloom, fumbling for a torch we couldn't find.’
- ‘Comments by Lam to the effect that life is a never-ending process of self-examination seem unintentionally at odds with the reality of characters who are bumbling along semi consciously.’
- ‘A.I. (artificial intelligence) warriors occasionally join the party, bumbling along beside you and setting charges to open doors and clear obstructions for you.’
2[no object] Speak in a confused or indistinct way.‘the succeeding speakers bumbled’
ramble, babble, burble, drivel, gibber, blather, mumble, mutter, stumbleView synonyms
- ‘On top of which, while Gzowki's bumbling style of questioning barely masked a furious desire to get at the truth, Rodgers' trademark giggle is just plain annoying and hides little.’
- ‘He stumbles up and bumbles through an introduction, reminding her that they've worked in the same shop for four years.’
- ‘Highly recommended, other than the slight shock of discovering that that pompous idiot is still allowed to bumble away incoherently in this the 21st century.’
- ‘When he won, the elite questioned whether the college dropout was up to running the country and scoffed at his reputation as a bumbling public speaker, bon vivant and serial womanizer.’
- ‘On the one hand I field calls from the ‘old’ Graham, who in his usual endearingly bumbling way will ask me where and when this year's Open Championship is being held.’
- ‘Legislative Assembly Speaker Judy Maddigan was not there, although bumbling and soon departing Jim Claven was, chairing the meeting so tragically that Bracksy didn't even notice him.’
- ‘Now when he visits my work area, he doesn't awkwardly bumble about with the mail trolley looking flustered.’
- ‘And in a parliamentary debate before the war, he rescued a bumbling John Major by speaking passionately in favour of war.’
- 2.1[with adverbial] (of an insect) buzz or hum.‘she watched a bee bumble among the flowers’
- ‘A bee bumbles along near the Alyssum in the garden, importantly busy.’
- ‘The bee bumbled too close to the snake for my comfort.’
- ‘A fat bee bumbled past, hardly clearing the ground.’
Late Middle English (in the sense hum, drone): from boom + -le.
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