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stumble

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verb stum·ble \ˈstəm-bəl\

Simple Definition of stumble

  • : 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

Full Definition of stumble

stum·bledstum·bling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to fall into sin or waywardnessb :  to make an error :  blunderc :  to come to an obstacle to belief

  3. 2 :  to trip in walking or running

  4. 3a :  to walk unsteadily or clumsilyb :  to speak or act in a hesitant or faltering manner

  5. 4a :  to come unexpectedly or by chance <stumble onto the truth>b :  to fall or move carelessly

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  to cause to stumble :  trip

  8. 2 :  bewilder, confound

stum·bler play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun
stum·bling·ly play \-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


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stumble

noun stum·ble

Definition of stumble

  1. :  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>



1547

First Known Use of stumble

1547




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