bumble vs stumble what difference

what is difference between bumble and stumble

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

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *stam- (to trip up; to stammer, stutter), thereby related to German stumm (mute), Dutch stom (dumb). Doublet of stammer.

Pronunciation

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

Noun

stumble (plural stumbles)

  1. A fall, trip or substantial misstep.
  2. An error or blunder.
  3. A clumsy walk.

Synonyms

  • (a blunder): blooper, blunder, boo-boo, defect, error, fault, faux pas, fluff, gaffe, lapse, mistake, slip, thinko
  • See also Thesaurus:error

Translations

Verb

stumble (third-person singular simple present stumbles, present participle stumbling, simple past and past participle stumbled)

  1. (intransitive) To trip or fall; to walk clumsily.
  2. (intransitive) To make a mistake or have trouble.
  3. (transitive) To cause to stumble or trip.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To mislead; to confound; to cause to err or to fall.
    • One thing more stumbles me in the very foundation of this hypothesis.
  5. To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; with on, upon, or against.
    • 1680, John Dryden, Ovid’s Epistles
      He [Ovid] had stumbled, by some inadvertency, upon the privacies of Livia [] in a bath.
    • 1754, Christopher Smart, Snake
      Forth as she waddled in the brake, / A grey goose stumbled on a snake.

Derived terms

  • stumble across
  • stumble against
  • stumble on
  • stumble upon

Translations

See also

  • stumbling block

Further reading

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “stumble”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Anagrams

  • tumbles

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social Share Buttons and Icons powered by Ultimatelysocial