(formerly) a bailiff or underbailiff employed in serving writs, making arrests, etc.
(Brit, derogatory) (formerly) an officer employed to collect debts and arrest debtors for nonpayment
to bungle or blunder awkwardly; muddle: He somehow bumbled through two years of college. to stumble or stagger. to speak in a low, stuttering, halting manner; mumble. to do (something) clumsily; botch. an awkward blunder. to make a buzzing, humming sound, as a bee. Historical Examples Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) Charles Dickens Wandering […]
liable to make awkward blunders: a bumbling mechanic. clumsily incompetent or ineffectual: bumbling diplomacy. the act or practice of making blunders: The bumbling of their officers cost them the battle. to bungle or blunder awkwardly; muddle: He somehow bumbled through two years of college. to stumble or stagger. to speak in a low, stuttering, halting […]
a boat used in peddling provisions and small wares among vessels lying in port or offshore. Historical Examples A Gunner Aboard the “Yankee” Russell Doubleday noun any small boat used for ferrying supplies or goods for sale to a ship at anchor or at a mooring