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Adjective: bumbling  búm-b(u-)ling
  1. Lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
    "a bumbling mechanic";
    - bungling, butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, left-handed
Verb: bumble  búm-bul
  1. Make a mess of, destroy or ruin
    "I bumbled the dinner and we had to eat out";
    - botch, bodge [Brit], fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub [N. Amer], screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bobble [N. Amer], mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, butcher, balls up, cock up [Brit], goof up
     
  2. Walk unsteadily
    "The drunk man bumbled about";
    - stumble, falter
     
  3. Speak haltingly
    - stutter, stammer, falter

See also: maladroit

Type of: fail, go wrong, miscarry, mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize, walk

Encyclopedia: Bumble