bumbling
bumbling umbling adj. not skillful in physical movement especially with the hands; as, a bumbling mechanic.

Syn: bungling, butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, left-handed. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • bumbling — UK [ˈbʌmblɪŋ] / US adjective [only before noun] behaving in a way that is confused and not properly organized a bumbling attempt to start the race …   English dictionary

  • bumbling — adjective lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands a bumbling mechanic a bungling performance ham handed governmental interference could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature Mary H. Vorse • Syn:… …   Useful english dictionary

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