bumble

bum|ble [ˈbʌmbəl] v
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Probably from bungle]
1.) [i]also bumble on
to speak in a confused way so that no one can understand you
What was Karl bumbling on about?
2.) also bumble around
to move in an unsteady way

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