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bumble

Definitions

  • The Bumble Puppy
    The Bumble Puppy
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bumble speak haltingly "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room"
    • v bumble walk unsteadily "The drunk man stumbled about"
    • v bumble 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bumble (Zoöl) The bittern.
    • v. i Bumble To make a hollow or humming noise, like that of a bumblebee; to buzz; to cry as a bittern. "As a bittern bumbleth in the mire."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bumble To make a humming noise; boom; cry like a bittern.
    • bumble To make a splash in the sea.
    • bumble To scold.
    • bumble To start off quickly.
    • n bumble A bittern, Botaurus stellaris.
    • n bumble A bumblebee. Also bombell, bummle.
    • n bumble A jumble or confused heap; confusion.
    • n bumble An awkward person.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Bump to boom

Usage

In literature:

It might have been at a trespassing bumble-bee however.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
It was no bigger than a bumble-bee.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
Bumble Rock rose up like a great giant, and seemed to laugh at the black waves which it churned into foam.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
And if I didn't buzz so I'm sure that you'll agree I'd only be a big fly, and not a bumble-bee.
"Policeman Bluejay" by L. Frank Baum
Why cannot a farmer raise a good crop of clover-seed without the bumble-bees?
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Thompson, Mr., and the Bumble-Bee, 338.
"Harper's Young People, 1880 Index" by Various
Bumble Rock, Lizard, 459.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
You've only got to see a beautiful woman for a couple of seconds and you start buzzing round her like a bumble bee.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Like Mr. Bumble, the Serjeant-at-Arms of the day literally gasped in dismayed astonishment.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 25, January 1893" by Various
The locket fell into the hands of the mistress of the poorhouse, who was named Mrs. Bumble.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
Six little Niggers playing with a hive, A bumble bee killed one, and then there were Five.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
The boys found a bumble bees' nest and Tubby didn't have any paddle to hit them with.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
I stepped on a bumble bee nest!
"A Little Question in Ladies' Rights" by Parker Fillmore
Always he talked to himself with a soft bumbling like a bee's.
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
No respectable bumble-bee will look at a frivolous person like you.
"The Pond" by Carl Ewald
About were the sounds of insects, faint bumblings, cracklings.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Mr. Bumble was a very mean man, too, as we shall see.
"Dickens' Stories About Children Every Child Can Read" by Charles Dickens
Hit ain't bigger'n a bumble-bee, an' see how he kin hang on.
"The Mountain Girl" by Payne Erskine
They were still bumbling through the forest, although the sun was high.
"The Buttoned Sky" by Geoff St. Reynard
In spite of their terrific strength, they'd been beaten by puny, unscientific, bumbling man.
"The Giants From Outer Space" by Geoff St. Reynard
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In poetry:

The bumble-bee is pelted down
The wet stem of the hollyhock;
And sullenly, in spattered brown,
The cricket leaps the garden walk.
"A Sudden Shower" by James Whitcomb Riley
EMILY DICKINSON:
You gave us the bumble bee who has a soul,
The everlasting traveler among the hollyhocks,
And how God plays around a back yard garden.
"Letters To Dead Imagists" by Carl Sandburg
Nine Blue-coats went a-nutting
Slyly in Tennessee—
Not for chestnuts — better than that—
Hugh, you bumble-bee!
Nutting, nutting —
All through the year there's nutting!
"The Scout Toward Aldie" by Herman Melville
The bumble-bee that tipped the lily-vases
Along the road-side in the shadows dim,
Went following the blossoms of their faces
As though their sweets must needs be shared with him.
"The Lost Path" by James Whitcomb Riley
Blend in the song the moan
Of the dove that grieves alone,
And the wild whir of the locust, and the bumble's drowsy drone;
And the low of cows that call
Through the pasture-bars when all
The landscape fades away at evenfall.
"A Song Of Long Ago" by James Whitcomb Riley
A pat of butter, and cakes of cheese,
Were stored in the napkin, nice and neat;
As she danced along beneath the trees,
As light as a shadow were her feet;
And she hummed such tunes as the bumble-bees
Hum when the clover-tops are sweet.
"Little Red Riding-Hood" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

Scams, dodges, bumblings madden consumers.
Semi-Smooth: Agent OSS 117 (played by Jean Dujardin) is a great dancer, but a bumbling spy.
Remember back to last season when the Packers were stumbling and bumbling to a 4-8 record.
Bumble & Bumble Founder Gets Stung by IRS.
Employee Cooked to Death at Bumble Bee Foods Plant.
(June 12, 2008) Last Monday morning, a bumbling yellow bus carried Mr Trone's fourth-grade students eastbound down Highway 299.
You can choose to play as bumbling spies or female supercops.
He wrote about bumbling space travelers, invisible companions, a great bird that would hatch from the Earth as from an egg, a secret race of superhumans who could walk through walls.
Atkinson's famously bumbling character debuted on British television in 1990, with the Mr Bean show running for five years and spawning two successful movies and a cartoon spin off.
Bumble, one of the characters in Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist," commented that, "If the law supposes that … the law is a ass — a idiot.
It sounds like a scenario in one of his adorably bumbling romantic comedies, but this moment was unscripted.
TO BEE, NOT TO BEE: Bumbling 'Skins can't match Steelers high-octane offense.
But a part that's "a little off-center" gives a "slightly '60s feeling" suggestive of "Mad Men," said Jimmy Paul, a stylist at Bumble and bumble.
Jimmy Paul, a stylist at Bumble and bumble, who styled the street-ready version of the beehive at the Vera Wang fall 2010 show (left), offers steps on how to achieve the look.
Briseira Torres, a US citizen with an un-canceled US birth certificate, despite the bumbling efforts of the Office of Vital Records.
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