Definitions

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  • adjective not skillful in physical movement especially with the hands.

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  • noun An act of bumbling, a mistake or error especially through clumsiness.
  • verb Present participle of bumble.

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  • adjective lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands

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Examples

  • The Senate Homeland Security Committee says the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has become a symbol of what it calls bumbling bureaucracy, and it should be abolished.

    CNN Transcript Apr 27, 2006

  • But it falls flat in the futuristic fridge, and she calls a bumbling Quantum Mechanic

    The Berkeley Daily Planet, The East Bay's Independent Newspaper

  • Nothing could have been clearer, but Floyd, whom Bruce Catton generously describes as a bumbling incompetent, ignored the letter because, among its wealth of cogent information, it contained one trifling error - the writer stated that Brown had an agent "in an armoury in Maryland".

    THE NUMBERS

  • The handsome Canadian spent more than 60 years doing serious roles in movies and on television, but he is probably best known as the bumbling cop Lt. Frank Drebin in the "Naked Gun" spoofs.

    Celebrity-free Twitter, James Franco, a Pink Floyd movie

  • Bush had to resolve doubts that -- of what Gore called the bumbling, babbling Bush.

    CNN Transcript - Special Event: Election Presidential Debate: The Voters Respond - October 11, 2000

  • The National Intelligence Agency, which could be described as a bumbling brutal fool, should be shut down, according to Kobus

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Nothing could have been clearer, but Floyd, whom Bruce Catton generously describes as a bumbling incompetent, ignored the letter because, among its wealth of cogent information, it contained one trifling error - the writer stated that Brown had an agent "in an armoury in Maryland".

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • Nothing could have been clearer, but Floyd, whom Bruce Catton generously describes as a bumbling incompetent, ignored the letter because, among its wealth of cogent information, it contained one trifling error - the writer stated that Brown had an agent "in an armoury in Maryland".

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • More recently there was John (bomb Iran) McCain, who can best be described as a bumbling old fool.

    NewsBlaze.com Current News - Top Stories

  • More recently there was John (bomb Iran) McCain, who can best be described as a bumbling old fool.

    NewsBlaze.com Current News - Top Stories

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  • adjective: lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands

    Within a week of starting, the bumbling new waiter was unceremoniously fired.

    October 19, 2016