American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To speak in a faltering manner.
- v. To move, act, or proceed clumsily. See Synonyms at blunder.
- v. To bungle; botch.
- v. To make a humming or droning sound; buzz.
- n. A humming or droning sound; a buzz.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a humming noise; boom; cry like a bittern.
- To make a splash in the sea.
- To scold.
- To start off quickly.
- n. A bittern, Botaurus stellaris.
- n. A bumblebee. Also bombell, bummle.
- n. A jumble or confused heap; confusion.
- n. An awkward person.
- n. A confusion, jumble.
- v. To act in an inept, clumsy or inexpert manner; to make mistakes.
- n. A bumble-bee.
- n. provincial The bittern.
- v. intransitive To boom, as a bittern; to buzz, as a fly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.), Local, Eng. The bittern.
- v. To make a hollow or humming noise, like that of a bumblebee; to buzz; to cry as a bittern.
- v. to act ineptly or without clear understanding of what one is doing; to blunder; to stumble about; -- sometimes used with around.
- v. to bungle (a task).
- v. speak haltingly
- v. make a mess of, destroy or ruin
- v. walk unsteadily
- (onomatopoeia). Compare bungle, jumble, and fumble. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps blend of bungle and stumble.Middle English bomblen, of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Russian espionage of what the British call bumble and cock-up.”
“For some species, such as bumble bees, this is the source of many of the males in the species.”
“When you size up a bunch of aldermen or a new legislature, just remember the simple little fact of natural history that a "bumble" bee is always biggest right after it's hatched.”
“There's nothing I know of that loses so much of size in the seasoning process as a politician -- excepting a "bumble" bee and a basswood log.”
“But, to go back to the "bumble" bee proposition: I've broken up enough nests in the old south meadow, when I was a boy, to prevent me from seeing out of both eyes for a week; but the lessons I learned while nursing my stings have stood me in good stead in many a campaign.”
“Your story about Kite Hendee puts me in mind of a little chapter in the gentle art of grafting that bears right on this "bumble" bee point and is worth remembering.”
“And a large "bumble," with a sting as pitiless as the finger of scorn, just then climbed up the inside of Mr. Middlerib's nightshirt, until it got squarely between his shoulders, and then it felt for his marrow, and he said calmly:”
“She had the responsibility and honor of driving Ruth and the dolls in her own donkey-cart to the scene of action, where the school children, and some of the idlest or most good-natured of Mrs. Alwynn's friends, were even then assembling, and where Mrs. Alwynn herself was already dashing from point to point, buzzing like a large "bumble" bee.”
“How soothing to a spirit tired of the city's din is this solitude, broken only by the singing of the birds and the drowsy droning of the bee, erroneously termed 'bumble'!”
“But for the last two days it has been the great wild bee, the humble-bee, or "bumble," as the children call him.”
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