bumble vs falter what difference

what is difference between bumble and falter

English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbʌmbəl/
  • Rhymes: -ʌmbəl

Etymology 1

Onomatopoeia. Compare bungle, jumble, and fumble.

Noun

bumble (plural bumbles)

  1. A confusion; a jumble.

Verb

bumble (third-person singular simple present bumbles, present participle bumbling, simple past and past participle bumbled)

  1. To act in an inept, clumsy or inexpert manner; to make mistakes.
Translations
Derived terms
  • Bumblefuck
Related terms
  • bungle
  • fumble
  • jumble

Etymology 2

  • Verb: Frequentative of boom and/or bum, equivalent to bum +‎ -le.
  • Noun: From the verb.

Verb

bumble (third-person singular simple present bumbles, present participle bumbling, simple past and past participle bumbled)

  1. (intransitive) To boom, as a bittern; to buzz, as a fly.

Related terms

  • bumble-bee

Noun

bumble (plural bumbles)

  1. A bumble-bee.
  2. (Britain, dialect) The bittern.


English

Alternative forms

  • faulter (archaic)

Etymology

From Middle English falteren (to stagger), further origin unknown. Possibly from a North Germanic source such as Old Norse faltrask (be encumbered). May also be a frequentative of fold, although the change from d to t is unusual.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɔːltə(r)/, /ˈfɒltə(r)/

Noun

falter

  1. unsteadiness.

Translations

Verb

falter (third-person singular simple present falters, present participle faltering, simple past and past participle faltered)

  1. To waver or be unsteady; to weaken or trail off.
    • 1672, Richard Wiseman, A Treatise of Wounds
      He found his legs falter.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To stammer; to utter with hesitation, or in a weak and trembling manner.
    • 1807, Lord Byron, Childish Recollections
      And here he faltered forth his last farewell.
  3. To fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; said of the mind or of thought.
    • 1832, Isaac Taylor, Saturday Evening
      Here indeed the power of distinctly conceiving of space and distance falters.
  4. To stumble.
  5. (figuratively) To lose faith or vigor; to doubt or abandon (a cause).
    • And remember, comrades, your resolution must never falter.
  6. To hesitate in purpose or action.
  7. To cleanse or sift, as barley.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

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