verb stum·ble \ˈstəm-bəl\

: to hit your foot on something when you are walking or running so that you fall or almost fall

: to walk in an awkward way

: to speak or act in an awkward way

stum·bledstum·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of STUMBLE

intransitive verb
a :  to fall into sin or waywardness
b :  to make an error :  blunder
c :  to come to an obstacle to belief
:  to trip in walking or running
a :  to walk unsteadily or clumsily
b :  to speak or act in a hesitant or faltering manner
a :  to come unexpectedly or by chance <stumble onto the truth>
b :  to fall or move carelessly
transitive verb
:  to cause to stumble :  trip
stum·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun
stum·bling·ly \-b(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of STUMBLE

  1. I stumbled on the uneven pavement.
  2. The horse stumbled and almost fell.
  3. He stumbled drunkenly across the room.
  4. He stumbled over to the table.
  5. I heard him stumble over the unfamiliar words.
  6. She stumbled through an apology.
  7. The economy has stumbled in recent months.

Origin of STUMBLE

Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect stumle to stumble
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of STUMBLE

:  an act or instance of stumbling

Examples of STUMBLE

  1. <was his hurtful remark a regrettable stumble, or was it made with artful intention?>
  2. <has bones so brittle that a minor stumble could result in a serious break>

First Known Use of STUMBLE



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