To bumble is to move or speak in an awkward, fumbling way. You might bumble your way through your first dance performance, tripping over your own two feet.

When you bumble, you walk unsteadily or speak with a stutter. You can also bumble something, or completely mess it up. An inexperienced teacher might bumble her attempts at managing a huge class of middle school students, and you might worry that you'll bumble your first interview as a radio reporter. Bumble was first used in the 1500's, and it's probably an imitative word, or one that sounds like what it means.

Definitions of bumble
  1. verb
    walk unsteadily
    synonyms: falter, stumble
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    type of:
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  2. verb
    speak haltingly
    synonyms: falter, stammer, stutter
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  3. verb
    make a mess of, destroy or ruin
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