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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stumble

stumbled

stumbling

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

stumbler

play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

stumblingly

play \-b(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of stumble in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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 in a sentence

  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



STUMBLE Defined for Kids

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stumble

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verb stum·ble \ˈstəm-bəl\

Definition of stumble for Students

stumbled

stumbling

  1. 1 :  to trip in walking, running, or dancing

  2. 2 :  to walk unsteadily <She stumbled around in the dark.>

  3. 3 :  to speak or act in a clumsy manner <The student stumbled through his presentation.>

  4. 4 :  to come unexpectedly or accidentally <We stumbled onto a clue.>




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stumble

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noun stum·ble

Definition of stumble for Students

  1. :  an act or instance of tripping or walking unsteadily





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