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VERB (3)

1. make a mess of, destroy or ruin;
- Example: "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"
- Example: "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
[syn: botch, bodge, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]

2. walk unsteadily;
- Example: "The drunk man stumbled about"
[syn: stumble, falter, bumble]

3. speak haltingly;
- Example: "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room"
[syn: bumble, stutter, stammer, falter]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bumble \Bum"ble\, n. [See Bump to boom.] (Zool.) The bittern. [Local, Eng.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bumble \Bum"ble\, v. i. To make a hollow or humming noise, like that of a bumblebee; to buzz; to cry as a bittern. [1913 Webster] As a bittern bumbleth in the mire. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bumble \Bum"ble\, v. i. to act ineptly or without clear understanding of what one is doing; to blunder; to stumble about; -- sometimes used with around. [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bumble \Bum"ble\, v. t. to bungle (a task). [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

bumble v 1: make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement" [syn: botch, bodge, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up] 2: walk unsteadily; "The drunk man stumbled about" [syn: stumble, falter, bumble] 3: speak haltingly; "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room" [syn: bumble, stutter, stammer, falter]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

38 Moby Thesaurus words for "bumble": be all thumbs, blow, blunder, blunder away, blunder into, blunder on, blunder upon, bobble, boggle, bollix, bombinate, botch, bum, bungle, butcher, buzz, commit a gaffe, drone, faux pas, flounder, fumble, lumber, lurch, mar, miscue, mucker, muddle, muff, murder, play havoc with, screw up, slip, snapper, spoil, strum, stumble, thrum, trip